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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.
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Growth Type: 
Bulb
Color(s): 
Purple
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Partial Shade
Blooming History: 
September 6, 2001 to October 4, 2001August 30, 2002 to September 27, 2002September 6, 2003 to October 17, 2003August 27, 2004 to September 29, 2004September 8, 2005 to October 3, 2005September 8, 2006 to October 4, 2006September 7, 2007 to September 28, 2007September 4, 2008 to October 13, 2008September 1, 2009 to October 6, 2009September 1, 2010 to October 15, 2010September 11, 2013 to October 17, 2013September 10, 2019 to October 10, 2019

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