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botanical name:
Colchicum byzantinum
Colchicum byzantinum © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Autumn crocus, Meadow saffron, Naked lady
synonyms:  Colchicum autumnale 'Major'
family:  Colchicaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.12m
width: 0.10m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: green
flower colour: lilac
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, cormous perennial, producing up to 20, open funnel-shaped, soft lilac flowers in autumn, followed by the erect, strongly ribbed, lance-shaped leaves.

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

propagation:
From seed or corms.

other notes:
May be a hybrid of Colchicum cilicium.

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