Autumn Crocus

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In fall, after the last of the hay has been brought in and the alpine meadows of the european alps appear almost bare, this little flower puts on a stunning display. The blooms appear from an underground corm, long after the leaves have faded away. This plant is not related to the popularly grown spring crocus which has only three stamens, the autumn crocus has six stamens. The fleshy leaves appear together with the seedpod in the next growing season. The whole plant is highly poisonous and grazing animals will generally avoid it.