The Golden Path

Monday, November 07, 2016

Every year, in November, the Autumn crocus begins to bloom.

Come and see the Autumn crocuses blooming in Lahav Forest

Every year, in November, the Autumn crocus, which belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family, begins to bloom. In Hebrew, this flower is known as the Helmon - which means egg-yolk - in reference to its bright yellow color. This year as well, Lahav Forest in the south has become carpeted in yellow crocus blossoms, adorning the ruins of “Abu-Hof”.

Talilah Lifschitz, Community and Forest Coordinator at KKL-JNF, explained: “The large crocus, with its dazzling yellow blossom, blooms in the forests of the northern Negev, including Lahav Forest and Lehavim Forest. In Lahav Forest, the visit can be enhanced by a walk along what is termed the Golden Path, at the end of which is a spectacular area of blossoms. The public is invited to enjoy the blossoms free of charge”.

The crocus is a seasonal flower with large yellow petals. The flower itself has no leaves and it grows to a height of only a few centimeters above the ground. Its intense color attracts natural pollinators from afar such as butterflies and bees. Its characteristic scent draws them directly to the flower.

The Abu-Hof Ruins, where the flowers are found, is an open area expanding over approximately 1,100 hectares, surrounded on almost all sides by KKL-JNF forest. The word “hof” in Arabic means “fear”. A local Bedouin legend says that on Thursday nights, the spirits of the dead wander about in the area, and this is the origin of its name.

Turn east at Devira Junction. At 2.4 kilometers after the entrance to Kibbutz Devir, turn south (right) on the unpaved road, which is suitable for all vehicles. After traveling 1.6 kilometers, turn left. Drive another 650 meters and you will see a well on the right side of the road. This is Taleh Well. There are signs on the entire length of the path. At the end of the visit we can return to our cars in the parking area.

Please remember – Picking the crocuses is strictly forbidden!

For additional details, call Kav Laya’ar, KKL-JNF's Forest Hotline, on 1-800-350-550