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botanical name:
Colchicum speciosum
Colchicum speciosum © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Autumn crocus, Naked lady
family:  Colchicaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.18m
width: 0.10m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: green
flower colour: pink
main season: Autumn
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
description:
Vigorous perennial growing from a corm to produce between one and three goblet-shaped flowers in autumn, before the lance-shaped leaves appear. Flowers are variable from pale pink to deep pinkish-purple, often with white throats, and yellow anthers.

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.

other notes:
From the Caucasus, North East Turkey and Iran.

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