Friends of Kootenay Blog

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What's Up - Prairie Crocus

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According to legend the Crocus’s furry coat is to protect it on chilly spring nights. Photo by Larry Halverson


The Prairie Crocus seems fitting to be the first flower in the Friends of Kootenay "What's Up" series as it is one of the first flowers to bloom in the park.

This harbinger of spring emerges from the ground and blooms even before its leaves have developed. It prefers sunny, hot, dry areas and is usually found growing in open woods, often on sandy soils.