Colchicum (Colchicum autumnale), packet of 50 seeds, Organic
Family: Colchicum (Colchicaceae)
Hardy to Zones 6 to 9
(Naked Ladies, Meadow Saffron, Autumn Crocus, Suranjan) Bulbous perennial native to Europe. Source of alkaloid known as colchicine. Traditional usage: low dose botanical or homeopathic, gout and rheumatism. Plant prefers a sunny exposure and likes moist soils. Plant remains dormant much of the year, produces blossoms in the autumn followed by the leaves. Sow in pots. Sprinkle seed on surface of pot and cover with 1/2 inch of coarse, sharp sand or the kind of grit that is sold (cheaply) at farm supply stores for chickens. Allow the pots to be out in the summer weather. In the autum, water very thoroughly, and the seeds will sprout at this time. Make sure the seed is buried to a sufficient depth, because light retards germination. If you would like to speed this process, stratify at 68 degrees F for 8 weeks, then lower temp to 50 to 60 degrees F for germination. Allow seedlings to grow at close spacing for a year, then transplant the small corms to their beds. They will swell and increase. Space 6 inches apart, or cluster the plantings, which is the way the plant often occurs in nature.
50 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown