30 Oct

Fall-Blooming Bulbs: Colchicum

While the fall season has come and most trees are turning their royal green attire in to a cover of orange, red and yellow. It is time to enjoy beautiful show of fall-blooming Colchicum.

Colchicum flowers

Colchicum / Meadow saffron / Image by ukgardenphotos (flickr)

Colchicum is a genus of fall blooming bulbs known for their lovely white, pink, and purple flowers that appear in the months when very few plants bloom.

Usually known as Autumn crocus or Meadow saffron, Colchicum is a low growing plant that sprouts from small bulbs and produces small stems (10 to 15 cm high) terminated by a star-shaped flower. Since it does not produce any foliage, the plant is also described as naked lily.

Autumn crocus

Fall flowering Colchicum / Autumn crocus/ Image by Manuel Martin Vicente

How to Grow Colchicum

Colchicums make excellent plants for cold climates where they can be grown in a rich and slightly moist soil. Most species benefit from partial sunlight and occasional feeding. The bulbs can be planted in late summer. Bulbs divided rapidly and can be separated and stored for planting next year.