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Crocus: Colchicum bornmuelleri

Botanical name: Colchicum bornmuelleri

Common name: colchicum

also known as (autumn-crocus)

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Sprite
created by:
chief cultivator

Mercer island, Wa

at a glance

Soil: dry, alkaline, sand
Sun:
  
  
Zones: 5a thru 7b
Care:
easy
Lifespan:
perennial
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Attributes:

deer resistant, fall interest

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description for "Crocus: Colchicum bornmuelleri"

Colchicum bornmuelleri bears huge, fragrant, vase-like flowers on a green base that almost double-dares winter to end their pale pink beauty. As the flowers mature, the pink coloration in the petals becomes very prominent, like a blush. Originally found in Syria and Iran, the species was collected by J.F.N. Bornmueller, an intrepid horticultural explorer. Colchicum, also known as autumn crocus, is a unique flower bulb genus that blooms while dormant. If you're tardy to plant you may find your corms blooming in the wheelbarrow. The corms produce flowers only weeks after planting in the fall. Ants relish the seed coating of colchicum (and puschkinia), thereby spreading intact embryos to naturalize areas with fall blooms. -- edited by dtd pbcouchman

History:

Colchicum bornmuelleri is native to western Asia, mostly Turkey.

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