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Colchicum ‘Waterlily’

Autumn crocus

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Features

  • BloomsSeptember to October
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.05m to 0.15m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPink purple
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Colchicum ‘Waterlily’ (Autumn crocus). This variety is striking for its large double flowers often with 20 petals and lilac rose in colour. The flowers often become top-heavy and will droop over.

Characteristics

Perennial, 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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