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Colchicum the Giant

Bold fall color


We ship this item in Fall

  • SKU: 68855
  • Zones: 4-9
  • Height: 10 - 12 inches
  • Shade Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time: Blooms in the fall, usually in September-October.
  • Ships As: 18-20 CM BULB
  • Cannot ship to: AE AK GU HI PR
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Colchicum the Giant

This is not your average bulb. Instead of blooming in early spring, this sometimes-labeled "crocus bulb" is actually a fall-blooming colchicum, with massive, colorful flowers. It'll produce foliage only in spring and flowers only in fall. It's important to let the foliage grow and get enough sunlight, as the breadth and amount of fall blooms depends on how much energy the spring foliage collected. It's not a difficult process though, just repeat it along your spring borders and let the foliage fill out the display, and you'll get to enjoy all that impressive fall floral color too. The Giant is also very easy to naturalize, improving and multiplying each year. You can use this many places—the rock garden, containers, naturalized in drifts around a woodland garden… and it's rarely bothered by deer, rabbits and other woodland critters.
Product Details
  • Botanical NameColchicum 'The Giant'
  • Ships As18-20 CM BULB
  • Height10 - 12 inches
  • Spacing3 inches
  • Spread10 - 12 inches
  • Light RequirementsFull Sun, Partial Shade
  • Color Descriptionpurple
  • Foliage TypeCoarse leaves that only appear in the spring
  • Bloom TimeBlooms in the fall, usually in September-October.
  • Flower FormChalice-shaped crocuses
  • Soil RequirementsUse soil with great drainage and keep it at a medium moisture level.
  • Growth RateFast
  • PruningNo pruning necessary
  • Additional InformationAll parts are toxic. Do not ingest.
  • State RestrictionsAE AK GU HI PR
  • Zones4-9
  • Planting InstructionsPlant bulbs as soon as possible after arrival about 2-4" deep and 3" apart.

Shipping Information:

Plants, fertilizer and other supplies* will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below.

2019 Fall Shipping Schedule


Fall Crocus and Colchicum

1A-7A 8/12/19 - 10/18/19
7B-10B 8/19/19 - 10/18/19
Last Order Date Zones 1-10 : 10/14/19

*Fertilizer and other supplies ordered apart from plant orders are typically shipped within 5 business days.

Other Notes:

We aim for your order to be in your hands at the ideal time to plant, every time. Our growers must anticipate their supply based on the season they expect. Our experts predict weather patterns as best they can to set suitable shipping windows for each growing zone. However, as any gardener knows, nature is not so predictable. The type of product you order, along with the weather in your area or ours, may affect the anticipated shipping schedule.

Based on the contents of your order, we always strive to ship the order complete and as early as possible. However, sometimes this may result in a delay of some items that are ready before others. Our customers have suggested that they would rather wait to receive their order as complete as possible. If you would like to receive part of your order ahead of time, please reach out to our customer service department and we can accommodate. Orders with large items may be shipped in more than one package. There is no extra charge if your order requires more than one package.

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Please note that we cannot ship outside of the 48 contiguous states.

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