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Autumn Crocus

Colchicum × agrippinum

Also known as

Meadow Saffron, Naked Lady, Crocus

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10cm

Max

8cm

10cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Autumn Crocus Overview

Colchicum x aggripinum produces bright pink, slightly mottled flowers with pointed petal tips, which resemble those of the genus Crocus, in autumn. They measure around 5cm long. Strap-shaped, wavy leaves up to 15cm in length, follow flowering. Also known by the names Autumn Crocus, Naked Lady and Byzantine Meadow Saffron, they are suitable for many garden situations including mixed borders, containers, gravel and rock gardens. Colchicum × aggripinum 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 Autumn Crocus

How to propagate Autumn Crocus

Bulbs

Seed

Division

You can propagate by seed or division in the autumn.

Special features of Autumn Crocus

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Autumn Crocus

Grown for their mainly goblet shaped blooms.