Commonly called the Autumn Crocus, Colchicum autumnale is not a crocus at all, however it does look a little similar.
The flowers appear in autumn on bare stems, flower colour varies with C. autumnale alba being a white form, the species itself is pale pink.
Once established this is a very easy care bulb if grown in good soil.
- Plant in a rich well drained soil in a sunny position.
- Prepare the soil well by digging in lots aged compost and some cow manure.
- Plant and water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Mulch around the plant to maintain a cool moist root run.
- Water through long dry periods over the first few summers.
Easy by division of established clumps in winter. Also possible from seed.
- Botanical Name – Colchicum autumnale
- Common Name – Autumn crocus
- Family – Liliaceae
- Origin – Europe
- Plant Height – To around 10cm
- Plant Spread – Clump forming
- Position – Full sun.
- Soil – Humus rich moist but not wet soil.
- Flowers – White or pink.
- Flowering time – Autumn.
- Foliage – Mid to deep green
- Frost tolerant – Yes.
- Drought tolerant – Yes.
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