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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





Skill level


Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder'

Plant details

Although often called autumn crocus, colchicums are not really related to true crocuses. There are winter- and spring-flowering species, but varieties such as 'Lilac Wonder' which bloom in September and October are the most popular. They flower when least expected, the large blooms suddenly appearing just as the season draws to an end, and without any leaves - hence the common name naked ladies. The large, floppy foliage grows in spring and is best supported by growing the plants in grass (left unmown until early July) or among shrubs and herbaceous flowers. All parts of the plant are poisonous.

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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