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Some spring crocus are indigenous in Appalachian Mountains


FLAT TOP, W.Va. — There are few surer signs of the approach of spring in West Virginia than the emergence of crocus blossoms in the melting snow. Though familiar worldwide, some members of the genus Crocus are indigenous to Appalachia.

Crocus carolinianus, also known as the Carolina crocus or yellow crocus, and Crocus vernus, popularly known as the spring crocus or Dutch crocus, are two examples of species found in the Appalachian Mountains, including West Virginia.

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