Purple, the New Autumn Color!

Colchicum autumnale

Well, not exactly new! But in my area of the world, these lovely, purple flowers are commonly grown in local gardens. They are the Autumn Crocus, also called Meadow Saffron and Naked Lady. The Latin name is Colchicum autumnale. They start to bloom in September and do not last too long. Their long and delicate, translucent green stems bend down to the ground as the flowers begins to wilt. They grow in patches, with many blooms. They are really beautiful, with the blooms being a delicate, pinkish purple color. When photographing them in direct sunlight, the pink comes through predominantly. In the shade, the color will show more towards the purple end of the spectrum.

All images property of Peggy A Thompson


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A long time resident of Washington State, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA. I am retired and enjoy regional travel, exploring all the wondrous, natural settings that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you get a chance, visit my Northwestphotos Zazzle store, http://www.zazzle.com/northwestphotos.
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7 Responses to Purple, the New Autumn Color!

  1. ooh Peggy… I LOVE the fall crocus… Mom always had those around the house. Lovely mix of sun and shade images…

  2. Gunta says:

    Around here I’ve never seen the Naked Ladies grow in bunches like yours. Here, they’re more likely in single rows. Wonderful images though! I think I like your version better.

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