Spring crocus from Padis! A sea of beauty in the Apuseni mountains!

With the melting of the snows, when the weather gets warmer, in nature a charming new season opens, alive, colorful, in the fields, in the forests, or at the foot of the mountains. The mountains tremble, the tender grass ends the monotony, and the spectacular picture comes with a smooth carpet, ready to parade, where the crocuses can’t wait for a sign to pick up the distinct, purple flower.

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The legend of the crocus

It is said that the crocus would not be a simple flower. Ion Ghinoiu, (in “Days and Myths”) reminds about two beautiful twin sisters, who were expelled by the stepmother from the house, one in early spring, the other in late autumn, and then changed by God into flowers. Another variant says that the two sisters would have walked so much through the woods, crying and mourning, until Autumn heard them and turned them into crocuses. One would bloom in the spring, the other in the fall. Since then, they are always looking for each other, but they never meet.

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The history of crocus

The crocuses come from the Mediterranean regions and geographical areas of Asia (e.g. China), being brought to the Netherlands somewhere in the early 16th century when they spread rapidly throughout Europe. Currently, most spring crocuses are hybrids of Crocus Vernus (Dutch crocus) with large, simple flowers or Crocus Chrysanthus, a species that blooms a few weeks earlier and has smaller but more abundant flowers.crocus

 

Medicinal purposes of the crocus

For more information on the medicinal purposes of crocuses, go to Crocus Medical Practice.

Accomodation nearby

If you have visited and admired these beautiful landscapes, we welcome you to the Boros Guesthouse, where you can relax and gather strength for the next day with a traditional and rich dinner and breakfast. The guest house is 42 km from Padis. Contact and location details.