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‘Waterlily’ autumn crocus

Colchicum 'Waterlily'

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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.

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

PropagationSeparate corms when dormant in summer.

ProblemsGray mold (Botrytis) and slugs.

  • Genus : Colchicum
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Characteristics : Attracts Pollinators
  • Plant Type : Bulbs, Perennials
  • Uses : Color, Dry areas, Front Yard, Rock garden, Small Spaces, Sun
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Fall
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Foliage Color : Green
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink, Red
  • Plant Height : Under 6 inches

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