Colchicum byzantinum ‘Album’

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Colchicum byzantinum 'Album'Colchicum byzantinum 'Album' clump
Some of you may recall that my first acquistion of Colchicum byzantinum ‘Album’ was an impostor. This beauty is undoubtedly the real thing. Not only is it white, but it has the same structure of petals and general floriferous character of the species. I just received and planted this earlier this autumn from Odyssey Bulbs, and it bloomed like a well-established clump. I had thought the first photo was as good as it was going to get, but I was pleasantly surprised. Whoever edited the Colchicum species page of the Pacific Bulb Society wiki claims that the proper name for this flower is not ‘Album’ but ‘Innocence,’ so you may find it in a catalog listed that way. And I do hope you find it, and grow it.

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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Kathy November 9, 2004, 8:57 am

I don’t think you’ll regret it. The byzantinums are probably the least fussy; the speciosums seem equally vigorous. They have larger flowers but not as many of them. You just have to plan for the leaves coming up in the spring.

ilona November 8, 2004, 11:06 pm

Those are so beautiful! I have never grown colchiums… I only tried the autumn sorts of crocus. I am tempted to order some next year- and use your info as my planting guide!