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Autumn Crocus

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: 
Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Partial Shade
Blooming History: 
2001 Sep 6 to 2001 Oct 42002 Aug 30 to 2002 Sep 272003 Sep 6 to 2003 Oct 172004 Aug 27 to 2004 Sep 292005 Sep 8 to 2005 Oct 32006 Sep 8 to 2006 Oct 42007 Sep 7 to 2007 Sep 282008 Sep 4 to 2008 Oct 132009 Sep 1 to 2009 Oct 62010 Sep 1 to 2010 Oct 152013 Sep 11 to 2013 Oct 17
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