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Colchicum speciosum

Naked ladies

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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Dave Zubraski, copyright GAP Photos (278650)

Plant details

One of Stephen Lacey's favourite autumn flowering bulbs, Colchicum speciosum brightens up the garden with its deep pink to purple blooms. Perfect for the front of the border or in a rockery, it looks best when planted in clumps. The flowers appear alone, with the leaves following in spring. Grow in moist but well-drained soil planting 10cm (4in) deep in early autumn. Be warned that all parts of the plant are highly toxic if eaten.

Family: Colchicaceae

Genus: Colchicum

Species: speciosum

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 18cm

Spread: 10cm

Time to divide plants: June to July


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