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Autumn Crocus

Botanical name: Colchicum speciosum
Family: Liliaceae
Plant type: Herbaceous bulb
Plant size: 20cm tall x 10-20cm wide.
Depth & spacing: Space closely (10-20cm apart) for dense clumps of colour.
Watering: Keep soil slightly moist whilst the bulbs are actively growing and dry whilst the bulbs are dormant.
Frost tolerances: Hardy to -10C.
Flowering time: Autumn. Foliage appears later in late winter or Spring.
Preferred soil: Needs good drainage.
Preferred aspect: Full sun to light shade
Ideal climates: Grows well through most of south-eastern Australia.
Pruning: None required.
Fertilising: Feed in Summer with a general fertiliser or bulb food and again after flowering for best results.
Uses & comments: These bulbs provide valuable colour during Autumn when few other flowers are adding colour to the garden & can be left to naturalise in the garden, in the rockery or in pots.

Last Reviewed: 13/02/2004 11:30:32 AM
Keywords: Autumn Crocus, plant care, garden care, garden tip, plant guide, garden guide, perennial, flower bulb, spring bulb

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