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Colchicum 'Waterlily'

Naked ladies

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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour






Skill level


Colchicum 'Waterlily'

Plant details

Although often called autumn crocus, colchicums are not related to true crocuses. There are winter- and spring-flowering species, but the most common ones bloom in September and October. They flower when least expected, the large blooms suddenly appearing from the bare earth without any leaves - hence the common name naked ladies. Blooms of the species autumnale are pale lilac. The large, floppy foliage grows in spring and is best if supported by shrubs and herbaceous flowers. All parts of the plant are poisonous. Colchicum 'Waterlily' produces double flowers with pinkish purple petals.

Family: Colchicaceae

Genus: Colchicum

Cultivar: Waterlily

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Lilac

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 10cm

Spread: 10cm

Time to divide plants: September to October

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