|Scientific name:||Sternbergia clusiana (Ker Gawler.) Spreng.|
|Synonym name:||Sternbergia spaffordiana Dinsm.|
|Common name:||Sternbergia, Autumn Crocus, Autumn Daffodil|
|Hebrew name:||חלמונית גדולה|
|Stems:||Flowers on short stalks, which elongate after the blooms open|
|Leaves:||Rosette, linear, margin entire; flowers emerge before the leaves|
|Inflorescence:||Bundle of 1-5 flowers; spathe 1-valved, tubular below|
|Flowers:||Yellow funnel-shaped flowers, 5-8 cm, erect; hypanthial tube present; corona absent, filaments much longer than anthers|
|Fruits / pods:||Capsule, numerous seeds|
|Flowering Period:||September, October, November|
|Habitat:||Mediterranean maquis and forest, Batha, Phrygana, Shrub-steppes|
|Distribution:||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon|
|Chorotype:||Med - Irano-Turanian|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Sternbergia , named for Graf (Count) Kaspar Sternberg (1761-1838), a botanist and writer.
clusiana, named in his honour for Carolus Clusius (1526–1609), seigneur de Watènes, Flemish doctor and pioneering botanist.
spaffordiana, named for Horatio Gates Spafford (1828, Troy, New York – 1888, Jerusalem), a prominent American lawyer, best known for penning the Christian hymn It Is Well With My Soul, following a family tragedy in which four of his daughters died. He was one of the founders of the American Colony in Jerusalem (what would later become the American Colony Hotel).
Next to the eastern entrance to Lehavim there’s a KKL parking lot. Park your car and follow the path (parallel to the main road) by foot.
After about 400 meters you’ll see on your right the “Valley of the Sternbergia”.