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Colchicum 'Waterlily'

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

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12 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LarryR 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 terrelevin 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 nevadagdn 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.


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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