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Colchicum autumnale 'Nancy Lindsay' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Clump-forming

Toxicity

All parts are highly toxic by ingestion

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Purple in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Spring

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

meadow saffron 'Nancy Lindsay'

Family

Colchicaceae


Colchicum are cormous perennials with usually coarse, broadly strap-shaped leaves which appear with or after the goblet-shaped flowers

'Nancy Lindsay' is a small cormous perennial to 15cm in height, bearing up to 5 deep mauve-pink flowers 5cm across, the tepals faintly netted on the outside

Synonym(s)

  • Colchicum autumnale 'Pannonicum'
  • Colchicum pannonicum hort.
  • Colchicum 'Nancy Lindsay'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

May be naturalized in turf. Good early spring colour

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by separating corms when dormant

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Slugs may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to bulb grey mould