Tuesday, June 30, 2009

November Flower of the Month

November Flower of the Month

Colchicum autumnale
Zones 5 to 10
Colchicum Art

The flowers are large, and shaped like a cup, in soft colors of pink, white and purple

They flower in Fall, 5 or more huge flowers bloom from each bulb

Colchicum is also known as Meadow Saffron. They are large flowers that look very much like Crocus. They are also members of the Lily family. Colchicum bloom in the Fall, they come in beautiful shades of pink, white and purple. Their large cup-like flowers are welcome in the Fall, when there are fewer plants growing. Plant the corms in late Summer to early Fall. They like full sun or partial shade, and look especially good in rock gardens, in woodland gardens and in flower borders. Try some planted in pots. One thing to remember is that after Colchicum bloom in the Fall and the plant dies back to the ground, they will grow very large leaves in Spring, so give them lots of room to spread out their leaves. The flowers reach up to 6 inches tall, and the flowers can be 1-1 1/2 inches wide! Make sure you find a special place where your Colchicum will brighten up your Fall garden every year.