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botanical name:
Colchicum tenorei
Colchicum tenorei © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Autumn crocus, Naked lady
synonyms:  Colchicum tenorii
family:  Colchicaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.20m
width: 0.10m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: green
flower colour: violet
stem/bark: white
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:
Pinkish-violet flowers with slight tessellation and white veining, appearing in early autumn. Narrowly ovate, semi-erect leaves follow later.

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

propagation:
By separation of corms.

other notes:
Native to the area around Naples, Italy, introduced to cultivation in 1858.

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