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Crocus: Colchicum 'Violet Queen'

Botanical name: Colchicum 'Violet Queen'

Common name: colchicum

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Sprite
created by:
chief cultivator

Mercer island, Wa

at a glance

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

deer resistant, rabbit resistant, poisonous, fall interest

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description for "Crocus: Colchicum 'Violet Queen'"

'Violet Queen' colchicum produces blooms of a rich, imperial purple with a white throat. Moderately tessellated. 'Violet Queen' is early flowering. Colchicum species belong to 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 'Violet Queen' is most likely a hybrid of the parents: C. speciosum, C. giganteum and C. bivonae.

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