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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.
Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder' bears dramatic, pink-purple flowers. The large, floppy foliage grows in spring and is best if hidden by shrubs and herbaceous plants. It's ideal for naturalising in grass or at the front of a sunny border.
All parts of the plant are poisonous, so wear gloves when handling the bulbs.
Cultivar: Lilac Wonder
Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb
Flower colour: Pink, Lavender
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: June to August
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