Colchicum autumnale

Colchicum appear from their summer dormancy to flower in the autumn, heralding the end of warmer days but lovely nonetheless. More
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A large flowered variety and one of the best colchicums for it. These naturalise well in either a semi-shady or sunny spot. They flower without their leaves (they appear after flowering) so benefit from being planted amongst other low-growing plants to give them some protection.

Genus Colchicum
Group/Species autumnale
Type Perennial
Common Name Naked Ladies
Border Position In Grass
Bulb Size 13
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 15cm (6in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Grow in well-drained, deep, humus-rich, fertile soil. Intolerant of waterlogging. May be naturalised in turf in free draining soil that avoid winter wet.
Care Tips It is quite common to see Colchicum already sprouting when they are delivered. This will not have an adverse effect on the long-term health and vigour, and the ones that have not started to flower should be planted out as normal, taking care not to damage any emerging shoots. Those that have started to flower should be taken out of the bag and placed on a sunny windowsill where you can enjoy the show. As soon as the flowers have faded (and before the leaves develop), these too can be planted out.
Flowering September - October
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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