The autumn crocus is blooming, somewhat tardily announcing the arrival of autumn.
The blooming of geophytes at Ramat Hanadiv, which herald the arrival of autumn, is varied due to the diversity of its landscape: in undeveloped areas, the red squill (violet) and the autumn crocus (pink) can be witnessed. Fortunate ones arriving at the right time will be able to observe the sternbergia colchiciflora (yellow) in the vicinity of Hurvat ‘Aqav or near Shuni.
The autumn crocus, the sternbergia and the special population of cyclamen, which grows in between the cliffs of the western slopes starting at the beginning of October, all burst out from the ground leafless, with a flower or an inflorescence stem, and take advantage of a period of poor bloom to attract pollinators. They will accumulate nourishment in a tuber or a bulb for the next season during winter, and will disperse seeds in spring. These plants are early bloomers – their seeds ripen slowly, with seed dispersal delayed until summer, almost a year after they bloom. In contrast, the red squill is a later bloomer, and its seeds ripen even before rainfall.