Colchicum peloponnesiacum

£ 17.50

Flowering sized bulbs.

Despatched August to October.

In stock

Description

Colchicum peloponnesiacum naturally has very small bulbs, perhaps only 2.5cm long and these make glabrous foliage with the flowers (sometimes the leaf edges have just a few sparse hairs). The leaves number 4-6 and are narrowly linear. They which vary from 5-20cm long but they are only 1.5-2.5mm wide, so £grassy” is probably an appropriate adjective.

The autumnal flowers are held in a small cluster and are a pale but bright rose-pink in the shape of starry funnels. These flowers become paler, to almost white, at the base. Within the flowers, the anthers are a pale grey to greyish-yellow, (rarely tending towards black) but they all produce yellow pollen once they mature.

As this is a dwarf species, it is best grown in a pot, pan or bulb frame, where it will not get lost or swamped by adjacent foliage. A well-drained, loam based soil or compost with good drainage and a dry summer rest is adequate as it is easily pleased.

Colchicum peloponnesiacum was named as long ago as 1949 but appears to have been largely overlooked since then ( Rech.f. & P.H.Davis , Oesterr. Bot. Z. 95: 427 1949).  It has been confirmed botanically from only a handful of sites in Peloponnessos, S. Greece where it is endemic, though it is inconspicuous and may be more widespread

Colchicum peloponnesiacum
Colchicum peloponnesiacum