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Colchicum 'Disraeli'

meadow saffron 'Disraeli'

A cormous perennial to 15cm in height, with goblet-shaped flowers produced in clusters near the ground in autumn. Flowers are magenta coloured, with lightly tessellated petals and a white centre. Narrowly ovate leaves are produced after the flowers in spring.

Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Pink Purple White
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Colchicaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
Highly toxic if eaten, and contact with skin may cause irritation. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Colchicum are cormous perennials with usually coarse, broadly strap-shaped leaves which appear with or after the goblet-shaped flowers

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grows best in deep, fertile soil in full sun. May naturalise over time

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sowing in containers in an open frame when ripe, or by division, separating corms when the plant is dormant in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildflower meadow
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to slugs

Diseases

May be susceptible to grey moulds

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