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Colchicum autumnale

Naked ladies

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height0.8m to 3m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPale purple, white
  • Leaf ColourGlossy green

Description

Colchicum autumnale (Naked ladies). This is an autumn flowering bulb with a low clump-forming habit. The flowers will appear on leafless stems in the autumn and are followed by large glossy leaves. The blooms will resemble a pink water lily and are a good choice for edging a path or border, You should grow them in humus-rich soil that is moist and well drained with a sunny location. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Perennial, Bulb, Fragrant

Other common names

Meadow saffron, Crocus

Origin

W & C. Europe, Africa

Interest and use

Rock garden, naturaliser, ornamental, medicinal. Whole plant is poisonous if eaten.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Fertile, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Watch out it is poisonous.

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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