5 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Meadow Saffron Overview
The Meadow Saffron is a vigorous, perennial species that grows from a corm. It produces lavender-pink flowers with rounded petal tips, similar to those of the genus Crocus. Goblet-shaped flowers measure around 6cm long and appear in autumn. Strap-shaped, erect foliage measures around 30cm long and develops with or after the flowers. Many different cultivars of Colchicum autumnale have been developed, including those with white flowers ('Alboplenum'), or even double pink flowers ('Pleniflorum')! Low maintenance plants, Colchicums are suitable for many garden situations including mixed borders, containers, gravel and rock gardens. Grow Colchicum autumnale but well-drained, fertile soil (but not too dry in the growing season) or they may be naturalised in turf. They are intolerant of waterlogging and need a sunny position.
How to propagate Meadow Saffron
You can propagate by seed or division in the autumn.
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Other uses of Meadow Saffron
Rock garden, naturaliser, ornamental, medicinal. Whole plant is poisonous if eaten.