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White Autumn Crocus

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Description

Masses of small white flowers from mid-September through early October are produced by each corm.

Plant this crocus in full sun and moist but well-drained soil. Divide it when the clumps of corms have become so congested they start to push up to the surface of the soil. Interplant the corms with companion plants that begin growth late in the season to accommodate the luxuriant spring foliage and provide a backdrop for the flowers in fall. Examples include cultivars of Heuchera, Phlox paniculata, Hylotelephium spectabile, Sedum spurium, Festuca ovina glauca, Phlox subulata, and Thymus vulgaris.

All parts of the plant are toxic and should not be ingested. The toxins interfere with normal cell growth.

The genus name pays homage to the ancient kingdom of Colchis at the eastern end of the Black Sea, the modern nation of Georgia, home to very ornamentalColchicum species.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
September - October
Bloom Color
White
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant, Groundcover
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Bulb
Hardiness Zone
4 - 7