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Colchicum 'Waterlily' (Meadow saffron 'Waterlily')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.15m
Max height
0.1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Colchicum 'Waterlily'

Other names

Meadow saffron 'Waterlily'

Genus

Colchicum Colchicum

Variety or Cultivar

'Waterlily' _ 'Waterlily' is a cormous, deciduous perennial with semi-erect, narrowly ovate leaves and double, lilac-pink flowers blooming in autumn before the leaves emerge.


Colchicum 'Waterlily' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect flower stem

Toxicity

All parts are highly toxic if eaten.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Lilac-pink in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Winter

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs Slugs

General care

Propagation

Sow seed as soon as ripe in containers in a cold frame.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Colchicum 'Waterlily' (Meadow saffron 'Waterlily') will reach a height of 0.15m and a spread of 0.1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Naturalised in turf, Rock, Underplanting

Cultivation

Plant in 10cm deep in summer or early autumh in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun. Will not tolerate waterlogged conditions. Best planted where its flower stems can be supported by other plants.

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)

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Botanical name

Colchicum 'Waterlily'

Other names

Meadow saffron 'Waterlily'

Genus

Colchicum Colchicum

Variety or Cultivar

'Waterlily' _ 'Waterlily' is a cormous, deciduous perennial with semi-erect, narrowly ovate leaves and double, lilac-pink flowers blooming in autumn before the leaves emerge.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect flower stem

Toxicity

All parts are highly toxic if eaten.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Lilac-pink in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Winter


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs

General care

Propagation

Sow seed as soon as ripe in containers in a cold frame.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Colchicum 'Waterlily' (Meadow saffron 'Waterlily') will reach a height of 0.15m and a spread of 0.1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Naturalised in turf, Rock, Underplanting

Cultivation

Plant in 10cm deep in summer or early autumh in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun. Will not tolerate waterlogged conditions. Best planted where its flower stems can be supported by other plants.

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

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