Colchicum Sampler
Colchicum Sampler

Colchicum Sampler

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Quick Facts
Common Name: Colchicum
Hardiness Zone: 5-8S/9W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Sep-Oct
Height: 6-12" Spacing: 10-12"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: BULB
Deer Resistance: Yes
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It's hard to image fall without the magical appearance of Colchicums. Their buds seem to pop out of the soil without warning, bringing fresh-faced blooms at a time when their perennial neighbors are winding down and looking a bit weary from hot summer weather. Our sampler is a good introduction to these deer- and vole-resistant bulbs. You'll find them easy to grow in average, well-drained soil. Just remember that the leaves of Colchicums will appear every spring, and plant the bulbs where their foliage won't overshadow other plants. Once the leaves turn yellow in early summer, simply cut them off.

Our sampler includes 3 bulbs of each variety below; 9 bulbs total.

  • 'Waterlily'—A double-flowered, lilac-pink variety with flower stalks 6–8″ tall. Just one bloom in a small vase makes an elegant bedside bouquet.
  • 'Rosy Dawn'—Large, funnel-shaped blooms open into rosy-purple goblets with broad white centers and golden stamens. 6-8″ tall.
  • Colchicum specious 'Album'—An award-winning selection with pure white blooms that stand out against autumn colors. 7–12″ tall.

For more information on the growing and care of Colchicum, click Growing Guide.




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.


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.


We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



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A Wonderful Surprise in the Fall

june-bug from Saint Charles, MO

We saw these in Japan 2 years ago and could not believe our eyes at the breath-taking beauty along the roads. Had to have them! So happy to find White Flower Farm has them. A bit expensive, but well worth it! I plan to buy some every year. Always loved the spring crocus. But the larger pink and purple colchicum variety lasted for 4-6 weeks blooming. I could not believe it!!

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Growing guide

Growing guide

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. 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.

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