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These rare flowers paint Ukrainian Transcarpathia with captivating purple

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As spring rolls in Ukraine and snow thaws, crosuses, aka saffron, flowers sprout on the expanses of Zakarpatska oblast. The purple blooms last only for three weeks between mid-March and April, with the actual season being slightly different each year. Tourists from all across Ukraine adjust their hiking trips to catch the unique natural beauty and take unparalleled landscape photography.

Despite the country's vast area, these magnetic flowers reside primarily in the hills, forests, and valleys of Ukrainian Transcarpathia. The largest congregation of crocuses is seen around Vynohradiv, Mukachevo, and Mizhhirya. For the most picture-perfect sceneries, you should check out such sites as Dragobrat, the Uklyn, Berezynka, Kolochava, and the slopes of Pip Ivan Mountain, which is actually in Ivano-Frankivska oblast.

A crocus is an endangered plant featured in the Red Book of Ukraine. Besides its natural beauty, saffron is also used in culinary and cosmetology. The valleys cloaked with crocuses usually belong to the protected natural areas and preserves. On the bright side, local keepers claim that people have become a bit more conscientious in recent years, and the crocus population is slowly growing.

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