February 8, 2023
Colchicum variegatum

Colchicum variegatum

Colchicum variegatum is from the Colchicaceae family of plants. It is an autumn flowering bulb or bulbous perennial. They commonly call it Autumn Crocus, Meadow Saffron, or Checkered Meadow Saffron. But they are not related to either. They are from the lily family. Colchicum variegatum is native to Greece and Turkey. They call it Κολχικό το ποικιλόμορφο in Greece and Güz Acıçiğdemi, Sürincan in Turkey.

Colchicum variegatum

Colchicum variegatum grows from a corm. The flowers are white but mottled with purple spots that sometimes look like a checkerboard. They appear as light purple due to the spots. The leaves appear in spring. In summer the plant is dormant. In autumn it flowers without any leaves. The flower stems are bout 8in or 10cm tall. Each corm produces several stems of flowers. They derive a chemical called colchicine from this plant.

Colchicum variegatum
Colchicum variegatum

How to grow Colchicum variegatum:

Grow Colchicum variegatum in the sun, specially in spring when the leaves grow storing energy for later blooming. Plant in well-drained soil. It is resistant to most animals.

Colchicum variegatum
Colchicum variegatum
Colchicum variegatum
Colchicum variegatum

Also read about Colchicum speciosum.

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