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Water Lily Colchicum

 

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This is the world-famous double pink fall flowering colchicum. Each bulb produces 5 to 10 brightly-colored flowers that pop gorgeously among the crowds of autumn leaves. Long-lasting cut blooms are pure elegance in a shallow vase. (Colchicum autumnale)

Zones 4 - 10
Advantages
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Containers
Containers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 6-8" tall
Bulb Spacing4 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Fall
Size Bag of 1 - Bulb Size: 16 cm
SKU 6FFC1

Plant Information

Growing Fall-Flowering Crocus and Colchicum These two groups of bulbs are almost like magic. You plant them in late summer, and they bloom within a few weeks. We ship them, along with Bearded Irises, in August, earlier than other fall bulbs, with instructions to plant right away. They're great in the ground or in patio pots---anywhere you want to add jewel-like color for your fall garden. In just weeks, you'll see them poking up through the ground, and before you know it they're in bloom, just when everything else in your garden is almost finished! It's a wonderful finale of color that just won't happen without these beauties..

If you've never planted them before, you'll find the regular 'fall-flowering crocus', including C. sativus,, the saffron crocus, much like spring bloomers (about 4-5 inches tall). Colchicums are different, since every bulb (they're larger than the regular crocus bulbs) produces a whole bouquet of flowers. One Colchicum bulb will send up between 5 and 10 stems, and each one will soon bear a flower.

So plant either or both, and enjoy some brilliant spring color in your garden when you need it the most--in fall!'

SKU 6FFC1
Common Name Giant Autumn Crocus Water Lily
Botanical Name Colchicum autumnale Water Lily
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 6-8" tall
Bulb Size 16 cm
Bulb Spacing 4 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 2" deep
Bloom Time Fall
Plant Type / Life Cycle Perennial
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Easy to Grow, Containers
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting & Care

How to Plant Fall Flowering Crocus

Fall Flowering Crocus create quick, delightful beauty in the fall garden just weeks after being planted. We ship them in August, along with the Bearded Iris, to be planted right away. They're great in the ground or in patio pots---anywhere you want to add jewel-like color for your fall garden. In just days, you'll see them poking up through the ground, and before you know it they're in bloom, just when everything else in your garden is almost finished! It's a wonderful finale of color that just won't happen without these beauties.

How to Plant:
1. Plant bulbs as soon as possible after receiving them.
2. Read the label to see how deep to plant your crocus – This may vary for different varieties of bulbs.
3. Find a sunny spot in your garden that has good drainage – Crocus bulbs do not like very moist soil. You can also plant Fall Flowering Crocus in patio pots.
4. Dig a hole according to the depth on your package. Add organic compost if available.
5. Plant bulb pointy side up. Don’t worry if you can’t decipher which end this is – The flower will find its way up.
6. Back-fill with soil and water thoroughly to remove air pockets.

You should see blooms in 6 -10 weeks.

If you are planting Saffron Crocus bulbs to harvest the stamens to cook with, you will want to do this once they begin blooming.

Harvesting Saffron: When the flowers are fresh, simply remove the bright red stigmas you'll see in each flower's center; they carry the saffron spice. You can use it immediately in the fresh form, or dry it for later use. To dry your saffron, simply spread the red stigmas out for several days on a paper towel in a warm dry place. Once they're dry, store them in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place, and use the saffron whenever you like.

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Shipping

Fall-Flowering Crocus and Colchicum will start shipping in mid August.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Fall bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial orders may arrive separately from bulbs and seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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American MeadowsWater Lily Colchicum
 
3.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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3.0

Hoping Second Year will Be Better

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from Belfast, Maine

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Comments about American Meadows Water Lily Colchicum:

Ordered and planted 5 bulbs. 3 bloomed the first autumn, but the blooms were somewhat stunted, Hoping that the second year will produce more and better blooms.

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5.0

Alive even without special care!

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from Kanab UT 5000 ft southwest desert

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Unusual

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    Comments about American Meadows Water Lily Colchicum:

    I am not easy on the plants in our garden... I don't like to fertilize or even water much, and we live in the high desert with highly alkaline soil.
    So I was very pleased 1) That these bloomed at all their first fall after I planted them last August and 2) That the plant sent up leaves this spring, assuring me that this bulb had survived the winter and was getting ready to bloom again this year once fall comes around!
    The first year it only made 2 blooms, I figure this is normal and staff assures me that is the case and that it should make more blossoms in subsequent years.
    Our yard has ground squirrels AND gophers, so it's a hazardous environment. Definitely a fan of this fabulous bulb!

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    5.0

    Beautiful

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    from Roseburg, Oregon

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      Comments about American Meadows Water Lily Colchicum:

      I was surprised at how big the flowers on this bulb were!

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      1.0

      Bloomed first yr I planted it, but the bulb was mush this spring

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      from Minnesota

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          Comments about American Meadows Water Lily Colchicum:

          Don't say to lift for fall storage..bulb rotted

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          1.0

          Disappointed

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          from Toledo, ohio

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            Comments about American Meadows Water Lily Colchicum:

            I planted it in my garden last fall and nothing happened. My crocuses I got in the same order came up and bloomed and were magnificent. I was highly disappointed.

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            5.0

            Absolutely Brilliant Flower When Needed

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            from Virginia, USA

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                Comments about American Meadows Water Lily Colchicum:

                This was a fall bulb that caught my eye and on the spur of the moment ordered some. As with many things I plant, I forgot about it until it make a spectacular appearance in the fall garden. The blooms are large and spectacular. I'd heartily recommend if you need a pick-me-up in October.

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                3.0

                Nothing came up

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                from Montvale, NJ

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                    Comments about American Meadows Water Lily Colchicum:

                    Maybe the deer, squirrels or drought got them

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                    5.0

                    beautiful, really beautiful

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                    from frederick, md

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                    • Large Bulb Size
                    • Low Maintenance
                    • Reliable Growth
                    • Vivid Colors

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                        Comments about American Meadows Water Lily Colchicum:

                        Picked up one bulb, planted it and forgot about it. What a surprise when this beautiful flower came up.

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                        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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