Plant ID forum: Colchicum

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Name: Ric
Selma, Oregon (Zone 8a)
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sawdust
Sep 15, 2014 8:23 PM CST
I live in southwestern Oregon. maybe 50 miles from the coast in the Illinois river valley. its quite dry this time of the year, the bears have already eaten my apples, and all grass is dry. even the periwinkle ground cover is wilting. around the base of an apple these blossoms have braved there way into bloom and then within a day, dried there way into the mix of dry weeds.
Im new to the area, and am like a child, discovering.

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will it be annual?
a common name please
Name: Ric
Selma, Oregon (Zone 8a)
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sawdust
Sep 15, 2014 8:25 PM CST

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heres another
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 15, 2014 8:32 PM CST
Lovely, Ric. I think they are Colchicum also known as False Autumn Crocus, and Naked Ladies (since they have no leaves when they bloom).
False Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
They put up robust leaves in the spring, then the leaves die off during summer and the flowers pop up like that in the fall as a nice surprise.
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 15, 2014 8:53 PM CST
They are beautiful!
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Name: Rick R.
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Leftwood
Sep 17, 2014 8:36 AM CST
Definitely a colchicum, but not Colchicum autumnale. More likely it is a species like C. variegatum or C. x agrippinum.

Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 17, 2014 9:33 AM CST
For comparison: False Autumn Crocus (Colchicum x agrippinum)

Images of C. variegatum at the bottom of these pages:
http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/ColchicumSpe...
http://www.hillkeep.ca/bulbs%20colchicum.htm
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 17, 2014 12:18 PM CST
I have this plant, it has been on this property for at least 60 years. It is in full bloom right now. The checkered pattern on the petals makes it easy to identify.
False Autumn Crocus (Colchicum x agrippinum)
Name: Ric
Selma, Oregon (Zone 8a)
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sawdust
Sep 17, 2014 5:33 PM CST
yup I think its the false autumn crocus too, but.................
these are popping up in abundance just 10 feet from the above posted.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 17, 2014 5:36 PM CST
Yes, those don't appear to be the same crocus. Very pretty. I'm not sure which one that would be.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Sep 17, 2014 7:30 PM CST
[quote="valleylynn"]I have this plant, it has been on this property for at least 60 years. It is in full bloom right now. The checkered pattern on the petals makes it easy to identify.
False Autumn Crocus (Colchicum x agrippinum)

Other colchicums have checkered petals. VL, can you say why you are so sure it is C. x agrippinum and not some other checkered colchicum?
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 17, 2014 7:59 PM CST
Here you go Rick. The thread "Can you ID this plant?" in Plant ID forum
Name: Ric
Selma, Oregon (Zone 8a)
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sawdust
Sep 17, 2014 8:39 PM CST
since you all were so kind, and gave me an identity, I was able to Google autumn crocuses
yup the second pics are just that. seems autumn crocus are alkaloid, and are toxic. contains colchicine,

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