Colchicum agrippinum

 

C. agrippinum

Close on the heels of our earliest fall blooming Colchicum offering, 'Antares', comes this intensely checkered little starry flower. Authorities now seem to be in agreement that this is a hybrid plant involving the very hard to grow C. variegatum, which passes on the delightful color pattern seen in its petals of deep red-violet etched onto a lighter violet background. Hardiness and ease of cultivation come from the other parent (thought to be C. autumnale). The corm is the smallest of all we grow; flower and most notably foliage size is diminished also. Despite this, C. agrippinum is often recommended for growing in grass, although I would first try it in less competitive lawn grasses (where one might grow crocus), and not thick meadows.

 

 $ 12 each