False Autumn Crocus, Showy Colchicum, Naked Ladies, Meadow Saffron
Colchicum autumnale 'Alboplenum'

Family: Colchicaceae
Genus: Colchicum (KOHL-chik-um) (Info)
Species: autumnale (aw-tum-NAH-lee) (Info)
Cultivar: Alboplenum

Category:

Bulbs

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hamden, Connecticut

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Nov 14, 2004, Howard_C from St John's, NL wrote:

Here in St John's Newfoundland this plant flowers in late fall (October- November), when the wind and rain often damage the delicate flowers, but when they do open properly they are worth waiting for. They will open up indoors in a vase and last quite well, but are rather short stemmed. I find them rather slower to increase than most colchicums, but they do so slowly; all mine come from a single corm purchased 15 years ago for $22.50 Canadian - they are not cheap, but probably cheaper than this now.