Emphatically not a native flower -actually it is native to Russia, the Caucasus, and northern Iran, but cultivated widely in temperate regions. Earns its keep here as one of the first flowers to emerge when the snows leave.
Very hard to photograph – in reality it is really a deep purple but auto white-balance tends to put it in the blue end of the spectrum. One spring I will manage to find the photo-tweak that solves this problem. It’s really the only plant I photograph that changes like this.