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Colchicum 'Water Lily'

"Autumn crocus"

Colchicum 'Water Lily'

1 bulb — £4.95

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Orders placed before 1 September 2022
You can expect your order in September 2022

Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2022
You can expect your order in October 2022

Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2022
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Description

Water lilies without the water? Absolutely! One look at the blooms of Colchicum 'Water Lily' is all it takes to convince you the naming of this plant is absolutely spot on. Of course, you can’t expect to see blooms such as these in any but the most carefully planned autumn gardens. The best blooms are worth waiting for, and only gardeners who practice foresight will have them. Plant them amongst perennials such as Heuchera to give them a background of foliage or on their own for the spectacle of flowers sprouting directly from the ground with never a leaf in sight! Some may call them “Autumn crocus” but Colchicum 'Water Lily' is too special to share its name with any other plant.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Great for shade

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Colchicum 'Waterlily'

  • Flower colour

    Pink

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Bulb size

    20/+

  • Established height

    10-20cm

  • Established spread

    5-10cm

  • Plant spacing

    50 bulbs per m2

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Meadows
    Ground cover
    lawns
    Gravel gardens
    Wildlife gardens
    Woodland gardens
    Rockery
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Damp

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Loam-based compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    Toxic if eaten
    Skin/eyes irritant

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Other information

    • Plant your Colchicum 'Water Lily' bulbs from mid to late autumn;

    • Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade;

    • Plant your "Autumn crocus" bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is high;

    • Space the bulbs about twice the bulb diameter apart;

    • Place the Colchicum 'Water Lily' bulbs with the pointed side facing upwards.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2022
    You can expect your order in September 2022

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2022
    You can expect your order in October 2022

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2022
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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