In early autumn, large fully double star shaped white blossom emerge from the ground. These can be 4″ across. They have a little bit of gold in the throat of the flower. At this point they have no leaves and that means the flowers really stand out against their background. In the Tea House Garden, that means again black Mondo grass. Leaves emerge in spring that are very un-spectacular, but they have disappeared by summer.
Although often refereed to as Autumn Crocus, they are not a Crocus. This is good for us because Deer eat Crocus, but will not touch the Colchicums.
Pronunciation: KOHL-chi-kum aw-tum-NAH-le
Species Meaning: Autumn flowering
They prefer a rich well drained soil with a little bit of shade
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P18019
Planted in the raised bed along the path that leads to the Tea House. In the conifer forest they are tucked in with the Junipers.