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Colchicum triphyllum

Autumn crocus

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Features

  • BloomsApril to October
  • Height0.1m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourPurple pink white
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Colchicum triphyllum (Autumn crocus). An upright spreading perennial herb native to N.W. Africa, Spain, Greece, Turkey and S. Russia. Bears green linear to lance-shaped leaves and purple- pink and white shaded bell-shaped flowers in early spring.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous

Other common names

Crocus

Origin

NW Africa, Spain, Greece, Turkey, S. Russia

Interest and use

Grown for their mainly goblet shaped blooms.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • 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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