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Naked Ladies

Colchicum spp.

Also known as

Cup and a Saucer, Men-In-A-Boat, Autumn Crocus, Meadow Saffron, Crocus

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

H7-H3

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20cm

Max

10cm

5cm

Min

5cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Naked Ladies Overview

Colchicum plants are often called Naked Ladies, Naked Lady, Autumn Crocus or Meadow Saffron. This genus contains just over 100 perennial species native to West Asia, Europe and Mediterranean coastal regions through to South, Eastern Africa and the Western Cape. Colchicum plants are hardy perennial corms that produce showy, funnel-shaped flowers in spring or autumn. Naturally they are white, lavender or pink in colour. Temperate adapted species are cultivated for their flowers as ornamental garden plants and many hybrids and cultivars exist in an assortment of colours. A low maintenance plant, Colchicums are suitable for many garden situations including mixed borders, containers, gravel and rock gardens. Easily mixed up with the similar genus, Crocus. Colchicum is distinguished from them through the larger amount and size of flowers. All species are considered toxic. Sometimes grown under glass, most colchicums are suitable for growing outside where they prefer fertile, well-drained soil (but not too dry in the growing season) and need a sunny spot. Never allow them to become waterlogged.

Common problems with Naked Ladies

How to propagate Naked Ladies

Seed

Division

Separate corms when dormant.

Special features of Naked Ladies

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Naked Ladies

Grown for their mainly goblet shaped blooms.

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