Colchicum ‘Poseidon’

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Colchicum 'Poseidon' Russell Stafford of Odyssey Bulbs describes this as “a superior selection whose rich violet flowers are among the deepest in hue of any colchicum’s. . . . It is of robust constitution.” Well, it does seem robust, but not any deeper in color than say, ‘Zephyr.’ It seems like color is such a moving target. Two different people can describe the same flower with two different colors. It makes it very difficult to feel confident that I have a correctly labelled plant. Stafford doesn’t mention a purple perianth tube, but this has one, did you notice?

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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.

What differentiates a bulb from a perennial plant is that the nourishment for the flower is stored within the bulb itself.…There is something miraculous about the way that a little grenade of dried up tissue can explode into a complete flower.

~Monty Don in The Complete Gardener pp. 142

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