Colchicum 'The Giant'

autumn crocus / naked ladies bulb

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1 bulb £4.99
Delivery by late August
3 bulbs £14.97 £12.00
Delivery by late August
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Buy Colchicum 'The Giant' autumn crocus / naked ladies bulb: Large mauve-pink flowers

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: deep, fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Bulb size: 18/20

    Mauve-pink flowers with a white centre, appear before the leaves in autumn creating a vibrant display in the garden. Suitable for naturalising, it can also be used for creating dollops of colour at the front of the border or in pots. This cultivar is well over 100 years old and is still a very popular choice, being prized for its large, colourful flowers.

  • Garden care: Wear gloves to plant bulbs in naturalistic drifts 15cm (6in) deep in late July or August.

    Please note that as Colchicums have an incredibly short shelf-life, it is quite common to see them already flowering when they are delivered. This will not have an adverse effect on the long-term health and vigour, and the ones that have not started to flower should be planted out as normal, taking care not to damage any emerging shoots. Those that have started to flower should be taken out of the bag and placed on a sunny windowsill where you can enjoy the show. As soon as the flowers have faded (and before the leaves develop), these too can be planted out.

  • CAUTION toxic if eaten
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Recommend for autumn colour


Lovely big fresh bright flowers without untidy foliage. An important part of autumn colour in the garden.


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The flowers are absolutely magnificent and beautifully scented, though short lived. Bees and butterflies love them. The are also vigorous spreaders...I had placed three of them in a relatively large (80x30) rectangular trough on arrival, in September, thinking that it will last them a good couple of years, however within a few months they had essentially filled up the entire area. The root sections were humongous. I have now transplanted them into a much bigger pot, however, I would prefer them in the lawn...though I have not been able to do this as a few months after flowering large leaves began to emerge, which I was not expecting and thus would be unsuitable for a mowed lawn area. In essence these are a spectacular variety but a little akward to find a space for...especially in a small garden, however the flowers are well worth the inconvenience.





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