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A picture of a Autumn Crocus

Autumn Crocus

Colchicum bivonae

Also known as

Meadow Saffron, Naked Lady, Crocus

Colchicum bowlesianum01 by Pethan (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15cm

Max

10cm

10cm

Min

15cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Autumn Crocus Overview

Colchicum bivonae is a robust cormous perennial that has semi-erect, narrow-oval leaves in winter and spring. Its goblet-shaped, lightly fragrant, pinkish-purple flowers (that often have paler centres), appear in autumn. Its tepals which have either pointed or rounded ends, have a chequered pattern. A low maintenance plant, Colchicums are suitable for many garden situations including mixed borders, containers, gravel and rock gardens. Known also as Autumn Crocus, Naked Lady or Meadow Saffron, Colchicum bivonae need a sunny position and fertile, moist, well-drained soil . Never allow them to become waterlogged.

Common problems with Autumn Crocus

How to propagate Autumn Crocus

Seed

Division

Separate corms when dormant in summer.

Special features of Autumn Crocus

Attractive flowers

Autumn colour

Other uses of Autumn Crocus

Grown for their mainly goblet shaped blooms.