Short, perennial, bulbous, autumn plants with green leaves. They bear funnel-shaped flowers in early autumn, before the appearance of the leaves.
Latin name: Colchicum speciosum
Plant the bulbous roots in summer, at a depth of 10 cm (4 inches), in moist, well-drained soils and in sunny or partly shaded sites.
Plant in flower and rock gardens and in arrangements, for bordering turfs.
Propagated by division of the bulbous rhizomes during dormancy.
Variety with star-shaped, white-centered, fuchsia-coloured flowers.