Our native Colchicum
autumnale grows wild in damp meadows, and in the garden they prefer moisture-retentive soil.
On the other hand, given that the genus Colchicum
is a member of the Liliaceae, the distribution of colchicine in other members of the same evolutionary advanced monocotyledonous family in the same order (Liliales) and same division (Angiosperm) is not unexpected on chemotaxonomic grounds.
Well into the Middle Ages there were frequent references to the use of colchicum
to treat both acute and chronic gout.
Gardeners are unanimous in their opinion of Colchicum
RAGING PUCE The silver, furry lambs' lugs of Stachys byzantina are tough enough to survive being overcome by colchicum
leaves and make a perfect foil both in texture and colour to the raging puce of some colchicum
corms in bare soil in between shrubs to add a splash of colour in autumn.
are known for their ability to thrive in shade and are good planted with woodlanders such as Anemone nemorosa.
Some top autumn flowerers are Crinum macowanii, Scilla scilloides, Cyclamen hederifolium, Amaryllis belladonna, Leucojum autumnalei, Colchicum
Elsewhere in the garden a swathe of collapsed aconitums was hiding the sudden annual appearance of a group of colchicum
Finally, one plant with weather-resistant blooms that you will want to encourage is colchicum
, or naked ladies.
There's a smashing double named 'Waterlily', a whopper called 'The Giant', and a stunning white called Colchicum
, sternbergia and autumn crocus should be planted in the ground as soon as they are available to buy in the garden centre.