Cerise pink to purple petals with the most intricate tessellated (chequered) pattern. Each bloom is around 5cm long and opens on upright stems to 10cm. The blooms form alone or in pairs from hardy corms that multiply readily.
They look fantastic in rockeries, lawn plantings, at the edge of borders or in pots. They naturalise well and will form nice clumps. It holds the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit so you know it is garden worthy and you don’t need a green thumb to grow it.
They are also known as one of the Naked Ladies as the flowers bloom before the foliage. The leaves emerge winter/spring. The foliage is smaller than most Colchicums will grow up to 15cm. It is lance shaped with a gentle wave, in deep green.
Plant in sun or shade, they aren’t too fussy, just somewhere the flowers can show off to best advantage. Plant into humus rich, well drained soil and keep moist whilst actively growing.
It is known erroneously in some circles as Autumn Crocus but it is in fact more closely related to the Lily. Meadow Saffron as a term is also a bit misleading as, while the stamen are a similar colour, all parts of the plants are poisonous if eaten. Originating in Greece and Turkey, they have been cultivated for many many years. They are easy to grow in cool to Mediterranean climates.
Cool to Temperate
Full Sun to Semi Shade