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Colchicum 'Waterlily' (d) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Toxicity

All parts are highly toxic by ingestion

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Spring

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

meadow saffron 'Waterlily'

Family

Colchicaceae


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

'Waterlily' is a cormous perennial to 12cm in height in flower, with fully double lilac-pink flowers about 8cm in length. Strap-shaped leaves appear after the flowers

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, deep, humus-rich, fertile soil. Intolerant of waterlogging

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sowing in containers in an open frame when ripe or separate corms when dormant in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be damaged by slugs

Diseases

Generally disease free