General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Plant Height: 4 inch
Plant Spread: 6 inch
Leaves: Deciduous
Spring ephemeral
Other: Stalk up to 18 inches tall, with large leaves to 6 1/2 inches long by 3 inches wide, appear in the spring and die as summer progresses.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Heavily-chequered violet-rose.
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Inflorescence Height: 4 inch
Foliage Mound Height: 2 inch
Underground structures: Corm
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Other: Toxic if ingested
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Soak seeds and warm stratification, then cool
Other info: Very difficult from seed Different species require different conditions.
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Parentage: Colchicum autumnale x Colchicum variegatum

Common names
  • False Autumn Crocus
  • Showy Colchicum
  • Naked Ladies
  • Meadow Saffron
  • Naked Boys

Photo Gallery
Location: Friend's Garden, Michigan
Date: 9-2007
Photo by Leftwood
Location: Friend's Garden, Michigan
Date: 9-2007
Location: Pacific Northwest
Date: 2011-09-26
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2020-09-05
The leaves aren't connected to this plant

Photo courtesy of Joy Creek Nursery
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Jul 23, 2012
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: May 11, 2012 
This seed pod is from last years blooming, and comes up the follo
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: May 11, 2012
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: May 11, 2012 
Leaves are quite large.
  • Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Jun 4, 2012 2:40 PM concerning plant:
    What an interesting plant, not just for the bloom.
    I just learned that the ovary, where the seed pod is formed after fall blooming, is stored under ground in the base of the perianth tube.
    What looks like the stem of the flower is actually a tube of petal-like tissue and is stored in the bulb underground.

    The seed pod is brought to the surface when the leaves appear in the spring. You can see the maturing seed pot in the center of the large leaves.

    The seeds are harvested by ants. They feed on the aril (or arillus), which is a specialized outgrowth on the seed. After eating it the seed is left in storage and ready to germinate when the time is right.
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Australis On January 31, 2023 Transplanted
Planted in the front garden.
Australis On January 30, 2023 Obtained plant
Purchased from Tonkin's Bulbs.
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