False Autumn Crocus, Showy Colchicum, Naked Ladies, Meadow Saffron
Colchicum 'Waterlily'

Family: Colchicaceae
Genus: Colchicum (KOHL-chik-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Waterlily

Category:

Bulbs

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pink

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Chicago, Illinois

Winnetka, Illinois

South Amana, Iowa

Olathe, Kansas

Mashpee, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan

Sparks, Nevada

Litchfield, New Hampshire

Jefferson, New York

Saugerties, New York

, Newfoundland and Labrador

Ardmore, Oklahoma

Butler, Pennsylvania

Manchester, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
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0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Oct 5, 2007, LarryR from South Amana, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I agree that no gardener in any zone where this wonderful colchicum grows should be without it. I actually grow this colchicum in Zone 5a, a full zone colder than the cultural information indicates.

Positive

On Sep 25, 2006, terrelevin from Saugerties, NY wrote:

I planted these two years ago. I don't remember seeing any leaves this spring, but then I have hundreds of daffodils growing and may have overlooked them. Then - Surprise! Beautiful pink waterlily flowers have popped up just when everything else is giving up the ghost.

Positive

On Mar 11, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Okay, so I'm a colchiholic. This is one of my favorite Colchicums, and I don't think any garden where they grow well should be without them.