Focus On Crocus

Amateur Gardening|October 12, 2019

Focus On Crocus
They share great looks and an ability to light up autumn, but do you know your crocus from your colchicum – and which are best for you?
Graham Clarke

WHENEVER I hear someone refer to colchicums, I always think of naked ladies – but only because that’s their common name. Perhaps I’d be safer referring to them as autumn crocus? The trouble is, that just confuses the situation further.

Although similar in appearance, in a botanical sense the two are unrelated. Colchicums are in the lily family, whereas true autumn crocuses belong to the iris family. However, both are equally invaluable in the autumn garden.


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October 12, 2019