Autumn crocus

Colchicum 'Waterlily'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of White Flower Farm
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Autumn crocus (Colchicum 'Waterlily')
KOHL-chi-kum
Genus:  Colchicum

Semi-erect, narrowly ovate leaves 7-10 inches long appear in spring and disappear by summer, followed by large, fully double, rosy lilac flowers resembling the blooms of a waterlily.

Care: 

Grow in full sun in deep, well-drained soil that is not too dry. Will form a dense clump over a couple of years.

Propagation: 

Separate corms when dormant in summer.

Problems: 

Gray mold (Botrytis) and slugs.

Overview

Height
Less than 6 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall
Flower Color
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Perennials

Colchicum 'Waterlily'