Plant of the Month – September 2017

Colchicums

from Paddy Parmee

Colchicum autumnale

Colchicum autumnale

Easy to grow in good, deep, moisture-retentive soil, Colchicums¬†appear from their summer dormancy, to flower in the autumn. They are often called ”Naked Ladies” as they appear without their leaves, which only properly appear in winter to early spring, and last until midsummer.

Colchicum Waterlily

Colchicum Waterlily

They need to be planted 3″ (8cm) deep perhaps a little more for the bigger bulbs.

Colchicum cupani

Colchicum cupani

A few more from the garden – with our wet late summer the slugs are a problem.

Colchicum byzantinum Innocence

Colchicum byzantinum Innocence

Some of the bigger ones flop in the rain, I try to grow through small shrubs & low growing plants to support which works well.

Colchicum autumnale Nancy Lindsay

Colchicum autumnale Nancy Lindsay

Colchicum coll Italy

Colchicum coll Italy

All parts of the plant are toxic if ingested and will cause skin irritation on contact.

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