Colchicum 'The Giant'
autumn crocus or naked ladies bulb
- available to order from summer
- 1 bulb
- 3 bulbs
- Standard (dispatched separately)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: deep, fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 18/20
Mauve-pink flowers, with a white centre, appear before the leaves in autumn creating a vibrant display in the garden. Suitable for naturalising, it can also be used for creating dollops of colour at the front of the border or in pots. This cultivar is well over 100 years old and is still a very popular choice, being prized for its large, colourful flowers.
- Garden care: Wear gloves to plant bulbs in naturalistic drifts 15cm (6in) deep in late July or August.
Please note: As colchicums are only dormant for such a short period of time, it is quite normal for the bulb to have produced shoots, or even started to flower while they are still in their packets. This growth is typically very long and thin, and as it is so fragile, it may even be damaged, completely snapped or already starting to die back. While this will not have an adverse effect on the bulbs long-term health and vigour, it is the reason why we cannot guarantee that they will produce any flowers in their first year.
If your bulbs have not started to flower when you receive them, they should be planted out as normal, taking care not to damage any emerging shoots. Any that have started to flower, should be gently taken out of the bag and placed on a sunny windowsill where you can enjoy the show. Then, as soon as the flowers have faded (and before the leaves develop), these too can be planted outside - and once they’re settled in, you'll be able to enjoy their flowers for many years to come!
- CAUTION toxic if eaten