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Colchicum speciosum (any variety) (Giant meadow saffron (any variety))

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.2m
Max height
0.1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Colchicum speciosum (any variety)

Other names

Giant meadow saffron (any variety)

Genus

Colchicum Colchicum

Variety or Cultivar

C. speciosum (any variety) _ If you don't know the variety name of your Colchicum speciosum (Giant meadow saffron), you can add this plant to your lists to get care advice.

C. speciosum (any variety) are compact, clump-forming, deciduous, cormous perennials with strap-shaped, dark green leaves and goblet-shaped, lilac-pink flowers with white throats in autumn before the leaves emerge in spring.


Colchicum speciosum (any variety) is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Compact, Erect

Toxicity

All parts are highly toxic if eaten

Flower

Flushed white, Lilac-pink in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs Slugs

General care

Propagation

Sow seed in a cold frame in late autumn. Separate corms when dormant in summer.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Colchicum speciosum (any variety) (Giant meadow saffron (any variety)) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Containers, Cottage/Informal, Rock, Underplanting

Cultivation

Grow in deep, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Avoid waterlogged conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Colchicum speciosum (any variety)

Other names

Giant meadow saffron (any variety)

Genus

Colchicum Colchicum

Variety or Cultivar

C. speciosum (any variety) _ If you don't know the variety name of your Colchicum speciosum (Giant meadow saffron), you can add this plant to your lists to get care advice.

C. speciosum (any variety) are compact, clump-forming, deciduous, cormous perennials with strap-shaped, dark green leaves and goblet-shaped, lilac-pink flowers with white throats in autumn before the leaves emerge in spring.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Compact, Erect

Toxicity

All parts are highly toxic if eaten


Colour

Flower

Flushed white, Lilac-pink in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs

General care

Propagation

Sow seed in a cold frame in late autumn. Separate corms when dormant in summer.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Colchicum speciosum (any variety) (Giant meadow saffron (any variety)) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Containers, Cottage/Informal, Rock, Underplanting

Cultivation

Grow in deep, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Avoid waterlogged conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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