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Growing Colchicum (Meadow Saffron)

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I mentioned in another post how fall tends to play havoc with my mood. Here is another flower that helps lift my low spirits caused by the onset of autumn.

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The flower is Colchicum. It has several common names, the most popular being autumn crocus. I think that name is appropriate. It does resemble a crocus very much.

I didn't plant these flowers. They were here when I moved in. I was quite astonished to step outside one day only to see a carpet of these little beauties in full bloom on a side lawn.

For a short period during spring, there arises a fine grasslike foliage. It's hardly noticeable as it blends in with the grass. It dies down in two or three weeks.

Then, in mid October, there arises a single bloom stalk, topped with a beautiful little flower. Sadly, the blooms don't last very long, either. In a couple of weeks they'll be gone.

Their brief display is a small price to pay. They catch me by surprise every year, and a pleasant surprise it is. And so carefree. I've never done anything to support them, and they always return.

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There are many varieties of this plant, each prettier than the last. It does have one drawback. Most parts of the plant are poisonous. I grow it without worry, but I would not permit small children to play where it is growing while in foliage or in bloom.

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