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Barbara’s favorite unusual plants Autumn crocus (Colchium autumnale)

Sep 27, 2011 Southern Mansion 2011

Autumn crocus (Colchium autumnale) -this is very special flowering bulb that surprises and delights me every year when it pops out of the ground with it's super sized crocus like flowers in bizarrely bright spring colors but in late September /October. The Colchium is in fact not related to the Crocus at all . It's leaves come out in the Spring then disappear the flowers popup completely unannounced and their color and size are always gorgeous and frankly shocking this time of year. I will also be using them in my Garden de Mort at the Winery. Pluses for the garden aficionado include they naturalize, reproduce well, and are poisonous to pests!

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