Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder'

Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder'

Autumn crocus

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder'
  • Common name: Autumn crocus
  • Plant type: Bulb

Height: 23cm

Spread: 20cm

Flower colours:
  • Pink
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Harmful if ingested

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