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Colchicum variegatum

Crocus

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Features

  • BloomsSeptember to October
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.15m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourPurple-pink
  • Leaf ColourGrey green purple-pink

Description

Colchicum variegatum (Crocus). A spreading ornamental perennial native to Greece and S.W. Turkey. Lance-shaped to linear leaves are grey green and approximately 12cm. Purple-pink, funnel-shaped flowers are borne in early autumn.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Origin

Greece, S.W.Turkey

Interest and use

Grown for their mainly goblet shaped blooms.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°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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