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Colchicum ‘The Giant’

Autumn crocus

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Features

  • BloomsSeptember to October
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.05m to 0.15m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourPurple-pink

Description

Colchicum ‘The Giant’ (Autumn crocus). This robust corm flowers in autumn with 5 funnel-shaped, dark purple-pink flowers. Broad, semi-erect and basal leaves appear in winter or spring.

Characteristics

Perennial, Corm, Fragrant

Other common names

Crocus, Naked ladies

Origin

Europe, Africa, Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their mainly goblet shaped blooms.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH5.5 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

The are fully to frost hardy, and will need an open sunny situation with well drained soil. Plant at a depth of approximately 9cm.

Propagation

You can propagate by seed or division in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

All parts are toxic if ingested. Grey mould can be a problem.

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