A gorgeous, large flowered bit of autumn colour for the garden which naturalises well and looks like a very large flowered crocus. Despite it’s appearance it is from a different family to Crocus and is autumn flowering as apposed to spring flowing. The large purple/rose pink 8cm long flowers appear from the corm as the weather cools and are produced in abundance once established. After autumn the flowers will die back and set seed and then a new flush of growth appears in the spring. Unfortunately the spring growth is not as exciting as autumn as it is just green strap like foliage which must be left to do it’s thing and build up the corms energy for the next autumn flowering.
Happy in any soil type as long as it is not waterlogged especially during the winter (well drained is best) and needs full sun. It can be naturalized in lawns but the grass must not be cut until the leaves have gone over.
Sent as a young plant in a 9cm pot. Sent dormant in late spring to summer..
Additional photos By User:BotBln - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2251844, By Meneerke bloem - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11570768