The large flowers have narrow amethyst segments with white lines in the center. 'Lilac Wonder' is one of the most free-flowering Colchicums. Heirloom, pre-1926.
It's hard to imagine fall without the magical appearance of Colchicums. Their bright, vase-shaped blooms rise without warning and glisten in the sharp light of autumn. In spring, a clump of broad, deer-proof leaves emerges, stays awhile, and vanishes by midsummer. We plant the bulbs in front of shrubs, among vigorous perennials, and at the grassy foot of a fence. Colchicums prefer well-drained soil that doesn't dry out in summer and they need shade where summers are hot.
For more information on planting Colchicum, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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Papa from Dearborn, Mi
I had ordered these bulbs last summer and they came promptly in Sept, as promised, for Fall planting. I planted them in my raised perennial bed, which gets plenty of sun. I had to put chicken wire over the bulbs due to squirrel problems. A couple weeks after planting them, up they came. They are blooming now and are a very interesting flower. There are multiple blooms from each bulb. They are about four to five inches high. The ad says they are eight inches high, so I figure they will be taller next year. I recommend this product.
Sort of a gardener from Strongsville, OH
I was given one bulb 15 years ago. It has bloomed every fall since then, and increased in number every year until now there are six! In the garden,after the huge foliage is gone it's important to remember where they are, so as not to dig them or place other plants on top of them.
Latin Name Pronunciation: kohl'-chi-kum
Bulb size: 10-15 cm
Sometimes called Meadow Saffron, but bulbs are unrelated to the true Saffron and are, in fact, poisonous. A fact that makes them unpalatable to deer, voles, mice, and other bulb predators.
Large, vase-shaped pinkish lavender, rosy-violet, or white flowers emerge in the fall (September or October), appearing as if by magic, with no foliage visible. Each bulb produces numerous blooms. Hardy in USDA Zones 5-8S, 5-9W
Bulbs are shipped only early in the fall season, beginning the first week of September. Bulbs should be planted promptly on arrival and will bloom the same season. Colchicum prefers full to part sun (shade in hot summer areas), and rich, well-drained soil. Plant bulbs 4" deep, 10-12" apart (figure on 3 bulbs per sq ft).
Suggested use: Among shrubs or low groundcovers, or in a grassy area by a wall or fence, where the foliage will not be mowed prematurely in the spring. Plant in large clumps or sweeps for best effect. In spring,the bulbs produce a spray of coarse leaves, which must be allowed to mature to feed the fall display. The leaves disappear by early summer, but companions must mask or tolerate the foliage.