Autumn Crocus

Colchicum autumnale

[colchicum_autumnale]

Appearing in tandem with Sternbergia lutea, Colchicum autumnale is another late-season bloomer commonly described as a crocus. Also called Fall Saffron, Meadow Saffron, and Naked Ladies, C. autumnale is a member of the Lily family that bears tulip-like purple flowers on seven-inch stalks in late summer to early fall. Although it is a welcome coloful addition to the autumn garden, Colchicum has also been identified by some researchers as an irritant and a highly poisonous plant.

Growth Type: Bulb Color(s): Purple Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Partial Shade Map it:

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Blooming Dates 2001: Sep 6 – Oct 42002: Aug 30 – Sep 272003: Sep 6 – Oct 172004: Aug 27 – Sep 292005: Sep 8 – Oct 32006: Sep 8 – Oct 42007: Sep 7 – Sep 282008: Sep 4 – Oct 132009: Sep 1 – Oct 62010: Sep 1 – Oct 152013: Sep 11 – Oct 17