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.
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Typical Blooming Dates: September & October
Growth Type: Bulb
Hardiness Zones: 4-8
Location at Monticello: West Lawn
Planting Conditions: Partial Shade