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common name: Autumn crocus, Meadow saffron, Naked lady
synonyms: Colchicum autumnale 'Major'
poisonous or irritant
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
Vigorous, cormous perennial, producing up to 20, open funnel-shaped, soft lilac flowers in autumn, followed by the erect, strongly ribbed, lance-shaped leaves.
Deep fertile soil, well drained but not too dry. Full sun. Plant corms about 10cm deep in summer or early autumn.
From seed or corms.
May be a hybrid of Colchicum cilicium.