Originally I’m from the Mediterranean and western Asia, but today you will find me in large parts of Europe, especially in woods, alongside dune paths and in damp meadows.
You don’t see much of me in the Netherlands. I can be found here and there in parts of Zuid-Limburg and on the border with Belgium, but I’m on the so-called Red List for plants,
which means that I’m a very rare species faced with extinction. My status is ‘under threat’. So if you see me, please leave me in peace.
If you live in the north of the Netherlands and you’d like to see a lovely autumn crocus, garden centres usually have ‘herfsttijloosbollen’ bulbs. Most of them look a little different to me, though, so for the real thing you’ll have to go south of the rivers.