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By Harli

Washington, United States Us

I just noticed these today. I think they are crocus, but am not sure since I thought crocus bloomed in the Spring.
There was another plant in that spot that I hated and took out and these popped up.




I think they are Autumn Crocus - no leaves give a good indication.

9 Sep, 2008


Yes, i agree with Sadie.

9 Sep, 2008


Thank you very much, they are pretty.,

9 Sep, 2008


Although autumn crocus is the common name, their botanical name is colchicum. Even though they look very similar, they're not related. We also call them Naked Ladies because, as you see, they flower without the leaves (which you will see in spring)

10 Sep, 2008


And just to confuse matters there are also Crocus which flower in Autumn, C. sativus and kotschyanus are the most often seen, but there are others. Without seeing these closer to, it is hard to say, but they could well be C sativus, the Saffron corcus.
In fact you can have a crocus in flower almost every month of the year, except probably July (in the Northern hemisphere at least!)

10 Sep, 2008


I think these are also called Naked Ladies! Lucky chap, eh?

10 Sep, 2008


Hi. Just wanted to add that I believe they are poisonous, or partly so - just in case you need to be mindful of children enjoying your garden?

10 Sep, 2008


Thank you weeding, here is the information I got:

Meadow saffron (Colchicum Autumnale). Called naked because, like the almond, peach, etc., the flowers come out before the leaves. It is poetically called “the leafless orphan of the year,” the flowers being orphaned or destitute of foliage. Some call it “Naked Boy,” and the “Naked Boy Courts” of London were places where meadow saffron was sold.

The plant has been mistaken by foragers for ramsons, which it vaguely resembles, but is a deadly poison due to the presence of colchicine

10 Sep, 2008

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