It is the most common anemone of the Greek countryside and is found in a multitude of forms and colors. Spondyl and base leaves multifold. Large flowers, usually with five sepals, sometimes much more, up to 4cm long and many anthers, black-violet. The plants dry out in the summer and come out again in autumn from the same roots.
Bravely blooms in the winter, at a time when the other wildflowers are still in a deep hibernation. It grows in open meadows and clearings, exposed to the winter winds. That's why ancient Greeks called it anemone (=wind in Greek). Its flowers, with a unique variety of colors, stand out for their beauty and size. It is astonishing to see them in the most degraded places, amongst the stones, with little soil, standing upright in defiance of the snow.
The photos are from an olive grove (see pics. 5&6)
Lat: 38.99, Long: 26.41
Spotted on Feb 12, 2018
Submitted on Feb 13, 2018