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

Colchicum speciosum

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 speciosum bears dramatic pink-purple flowers. The flowers appear alone, with the leaves following in spring. It's ideal for naturalising in grass or at the front of a sunny border. 

Grow Colchicum speciosum in well-drained soil in full sun. All parts of the plant are poisonous, so wear gloves when handling the bulbs.

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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