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Delightful colchicum is a dramatic plant for adding a burst of fall color to your garden. It bears big flowers that look like crocus in shades of pink and white. The flowers rise about 6 inches above the ground and appear seemingly overnight, so plant it near a path or other spot where you're sure to see it.
Like crocus, this bulb blooms year after year, getting bigger and better with age. And also like most crocus, it produces foliage in spring -- so don't be surprised to see the long, strappy leaves among your tulips and other early season bulbs. The leaves gather energy for the blooms, then disappear by midsummer.
One note: All parts of the plant are poisonous -- so be sure to keep it away from children who might be tempted to eat its candy-color blooms. Because it's poisonous, however, it's typically ignored by even the hungriest deer, rabbits, and other critters.
how to grow Colchicum
more varieties for Colchicum
Colchicum bornmuelleri produces clusters of purple-pink flowers in early to midautumn. It grows 6 inches tall. Zones 4-9
Colchicum giganteum bursts into bloom in September with large rosy-purple flowers. It sends up large, broad leaves in early spring and grows 8 inches tall. Zones 4-9
Double white colchicum
Colchicum autumnale 'Alboplenum' bears clusters of double white in autumn. It grows 6 inches tall. Zones 4-9
Colchicum 'Giant' offers large rosy-lilac flowers with a white center in fall. It's one of the largest, growing as much as 10 inches tall. Zones 5-9
Colchicum 'Waterlily' is one of the showiest varieties with clusters of double-pink flowers in fall. It grows 5 inches tall. Zones 4-9