Colchicum autumnale ‘Nancy Lindsay’

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Colchicum 'Nancy Lindsay'
I planted ‘Nancy Lindsay’ last year but couldn’t get a photo then. I have yet to see what the autumnale type looks like, but this flower is much bigger and shaped differently than the C. autumnale ‘Album’ that bloomed for me earlier this fall. I can see why it was originally considered its own species: Colchicum pannonicum, because it doesn’t look much like the species. I don’t know who decides these things, or how they inform the rest of the world of their decisions. I would like to be more in the loop.

Anyway, I bought ‘Nancy Lindsay’ because she was said to have a purple “stem” (technically a perianth tube). I especially love colchicums with purple tubes, but they often prove elusive. Bowles describes the “original” C. speciosum as being “distinguished by the deep lilac colour of the tube,” but neither the speciosum I purchased from McClure and Zimmerman nor the one I purchased from Odyssey Bulbs (which I consider a more reliable source) has the purple tube. And I’ve only seen one photograph of it that way, in Andrew Lawson’s The Gardener’s Book of Color. And the colchicum I received as ‘Giant’ had a greeny-yellow tube, but the one the Bookish Gardener ordered had a purple tube. (Both from the same company, several years apart.) Ah, Chan, I covet your ‘Giant.’

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Rob October 20, 2004, 7:17 pm

Flickr is fun!

You should look at and make a Cold Climate Gardening set of bookmarks. is a bookmarking site where you can tag your book marks much like Flickr.

With flickr, you can find photos based on other peoples tags, like this:

Similare function in

have fun!

Kathy October 16, 2004, 6:10 pm

Why, thank you.

Chan S. October 16, 2004, 5:26 pm

‘Nancy Lindsay’ looks very lovely…such a graceful arrangement of petals (and kudos to the photographer).