Colchicum autumnale - Autumn Crocus, Meadow Saffron

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Colchicum autumnale - Autumn Crocus, Meadow Saffron

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Autumn Crocus produces leaves in the spring and flowers in the fall. The plants prefer semi-shade but take full sun if well watered. Plant in moist soil containing lots of organic matter. Unless the plants show signs of overcrowding leave them alone. A bulb, set in a sunny window, blooms without soil or water. Once a bulb is forced in this manner it is planted. The leaves take up much room in the spring.

The bulbs are divided when the foliage matures and are replanted immediately. Plant them 2 inches deep and 6 inches apart. The plants reach a height of 10 to 12 inches.

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