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botanical name:
Colchicum autumnale 'Nancy Lindsay'
Colchicum autumnale 'Nancy Lindsay' © Deeproot Plant Base    view larger image
common name:  Autumn crocus, Meadow saffron, Naked lady
synonyms:  Colchicum pannonicum
family:  Colchicaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.15m
width: 0.08m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: green
flower colour: purple
main season: Autumn
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
description:
Vigorous, robust, cormous perennial, in autumn producing, goblet-shaped violet-purple flowers with white centres. Erect lance-shaped leaves follow in spring.

cultivation:
Deep fertile soil, well drained but not too dry. Full sun. Plant corms about 10cm deep in summer or early autumn.

propagation:
From corms.

usage:
All parts of the plant are very poisonous but have medicinal use in the treatment of gout and rheumatism.

other notes:
May possibly be the same as Colchicum pannonicum.

RHS AGM

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