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Crocus: Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder'

Botanical name: Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder'

Common name: colchicum

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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
Category:   
Attributes:

deer resistant, rabbit resistant, poisonous, fall interest

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description for "Crocus: Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder'"

'Lilac Wonder' colchicum produces large goblet-shaped flowers in abundance, sometimes so large that they flop over in the rain. The narrow segments are a luminous shade of amethyst-violet with white lines in the center. 'Lilac Wonder' blooms in late fall, usually October to November. Broad basal leaves appear in spring. This cultivar is popular and readily available in the trade. 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 'Lilac Wonder' is most likely a hybrid of the parents: C. speciosum, C. giganteum and C. bivonae.

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