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Colchicum autumnale

Colchicum appear from their summer dormancy to flower in the autumn, heralding the end of warmer days but lovely nonetheless.
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Details:

Type
Perennial
Position
In Grass
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Flowers
September - October
Height
15cm (6in)
Group/Species
autumnale
Common name
Naked Ladies
Moisture
Well-drained
Aspect
Full Sun
Cultivation
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.

Description

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.

Care Tips

If these are already sprouting when they arrive, it will not have an adverse effect on the long-term health and vigour and they can be planted out as normal, taking care not to damage any emerging shoots.