Autumn Crocus

Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder'

Autumn Crocus - Colchicum  'Lilac Wonder'

Common Name: Autumn Crocus
Genus: Colchicum
Cultivar: 'Lilac Wonder'

Colchis is an area of Asia where various species of Colchicum can be found growing in the wild.

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.15 m (15 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.10 m (10 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, Lilac
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: September & October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

     
  • Other Features: All parts of the plant are highly toxic if ingested; contact with the skin may cause irritation
  • Garden Care: Wear gloves to plant bulbs in naturalistic drifts 10cm (4in) deep in July or autumn.

Gorgeous goblet-shaped deep lilac-pink flowers in September and October followed by large leaves retained until mid-summer. These autumn-flowering bulbs are perfect for naturalising in grass under a semi-mature specimen tree. Always wear gloves when working with colchicum since all parts of the plant are poisonous and a potential skin irritant.

Colchicums have an incredibly short shelf-life it is quite common to see them already sprouting when bought. This will not have an adverse effect on the long-term health and vigour and the ones that have not started to flower should be planted out as normal taking care not to damage any emerging shoots. Those that have started to flower should be taken out of the bag and placed on a sunny windowsill where you can enjoy the show. As soon as the flowers have faded (and before the leaves develop) these too can be planted out.


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