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19/11/2012 at 10:25

I've got an autumn crocus/colchicum just out. It's on the blue side of mauve,quite a dark sombre looking colour. The name 'Emperor' is in my mind but I've done a web seach and nothing came up. Any ideas?

19/11/2012 at 10:48

Look inside the flower at the stamen. Are they just single pollen covered pointed things, 6 in number or are they more like feathers?


There is an Autumn flowering Crocus called The Conqueror.

19/11/2012 at 11:05

Thanks Berghill, that's the one Conqueror not Emperor. 

19/11/2012 at 12:44

I mentioned the stamen as those of Crocus and Colchicum are very different, so very useful in telling them apart. They are different genus.

19/11/2012 at 14:47

 Got a pic just before the rain started. Crocus speciosus 'Conqueror'

The others will have to wait for ID til next year. Nothing to see now. I think the white one is Colchicum autumnale 'Album' though. I have a note of everything I've planted over the years but they're not all still there so it's more complex than a process of elimination. Although in theory I know that crocus is Iridaceae and colchicum is Colchicaceae, I've never thought any further than that fact. I'll try and do better in the future.

19/11/2012 at 17:39

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