Knowledgeable rock gardener Bill Brown got me my first corms of the true C. autumnale, a species native to most of Europe. Usually found growing in meadows, it is the Colchicum of choice for naturalized plantings. When used in the landscape this way, the green background of lawn is the perfect foil for the nice sized groupings of muted pink; the blades of the grasses keep the blooms erect and free from mud splatter. As with all the autumnale types, the volume of flowers makes up for their smaller size. Not quite as quick to increase as many of the other Colchicum we grow, which may explain its sporadic availability in the U.S. Most Colchicum will replace the corm you plant with two or more new ones annually. C. autumnale some years produces only a singular (though larger) successor.
Mid to late Sept.