Colchicum 'Alboplenum'
Colchicum 'Alboplenum'
Colchicum 'Alboplenum'
Colchicum 'Alboplenum'
Colchicum 'Alboplenum'
Colchicum 'Alboplenum'

Colchicum 'Alboplenum'

"Double white meadow saffron"

Colchicum 'Alboplenum'

1 bulb — £4.90

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Orders placed before 1 September 2024
You can expect your order in September 2024

Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
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Description

Light up the late season with a refreshing burst of bright white blooms! Colchicum 'Alboplenum' is a glittering highlight in autumn, especially when the golden low sun catches them. Through a colourful patchwork of fallen autumn leaves, Colchicum 'Alboplenum' pushes through every year to make the season even more beautiful. Commonly known as naked ladies (due to the flowers emerging before the foliage) or double white meadow saffron, this variety is special for its double flowers which look a little bit like waterlilies.     

This low-maintenance perennial is an easy little feature which adds a lot to the garden, rewarding minimal effort with a real autumn high-point that you can look forward to every year. You can plant easy-going Colchicum autumnale 'Alboplenum' in most places with free draining soil, in sun or partial shade, and simply let them look after themselves. They look lovely in borders, shrubberies, grassy areas, gravel gardens and pots. Try planting with Colchicum 'Waterlily' too if you like a little extra colour.

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 autumnale 'Alboplenum'

  • Flower colour

    White

  • Bulb size

    16/+

  • Established height

    10-20cm

  • Established spread

    5-10cm

  • Plant spacing

    50 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • 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

  • 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

Useful information

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

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

    • Plant your "Double white meadow saffron" bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is high;

    • Space the bulbs about twice the bulb diameter apart;

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

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2024
    You can expect your order in September 2024

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
    You can expect your order in October 2024

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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