Colchicum ‘Waterlily’

double-flowered autumn crocus

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

In September pink and creamy white buds burst from the ground and quickly open to large fully double lavender- pink blooms. The vibrant flowers are a welcome site at this time of the year and really do look like waterlily blooms! Bright green strappy shiny foliage will appear in late winter through early summer, after which the bulb will go dormant till late summer. This beautiful bulb is completely drought tolerant.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Seasonal Interest: autumn flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: black, silver, dark green

Great Color Partners: rose, lavender, pink

Culture Notes
Autumn crocus grows best in well-drained soil with full sun. When it blooms it has no leaves, so planting it next to a smaller groundcover will help to support the flower. In winter the strappy green leaves appear and can be cut back in early summer once they start to yellow.