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Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder'

Naked ladies

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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour

Pink, Lavender

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder'

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.

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.

Family: Colchiaceae

Genus: Colchicum

Cultivar: Lilac Wonder

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Pink, Lavender

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 23cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to divide plants: June to August


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