Colchicum autumnale

Colchicum autumnale 'Pleniflorum'Colchicum autumnale Bulbs are an interesting species that bloom before the foliage appears being amongst the most widely grown of the many Colchicum species and cultivars available for sale. Fairly easy to grow and care for in sun or part shade in a humus rich soil, they seem to prefer being planted in the ground rather than in containers.

Often referred to as 'autumn crocus' or 'meadow saffron', they are actually a genus of its own, they are neither a crocus or is it saffron.

Although C. autumnale or autumn crocus is the best known (picture right Colchicum autumnale 'Pleniflorum'), however many interesting cultivars are worth considering for the garden.


In cultivation Colchicum autumnale are easy, as long as you have a well drained, yet moist soil.

Care Summary

Propagation by division is easy while dormant, best in spring. They can also be grown from seed if you are the patient type of gardener.

Colchicum Species are available for sale from the following nurseries

Bishops Hull Taunton TA4 1AE
Phone: 01823 286231 Fax:01823 323646

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Colchicum bulbs are readily available for sale from participating mail order and online nurseries in the UK.