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Bulbocodium vernum


Bulbocodium vernum, now Colchicum bulbocodium, is an intriguing early spring-flowering bulb with elongated lavender-pink petals. Perfect for rock gardens.

Bulbocodium vernum has recently been reclassified as Colchicum bulbocodium, intriguing as it is a spring-flowering member of an otherwise fall-flowering genus. The flowers emerge before the foliage in early spring with elongated lavender-pink petals. It is perfect for rock gardens or other well-drained, sunny locations. Despite the word "saffron" in the common name, all parts of this bulb are poisonous and should not be confused with the fall-flowering, edible saffron crocus, Crocus sativus. Photo: Wikipedia.

Common Name: Spring Meadow Saffron

Family: Colchicaceae (The Bellwort Family)

Zone Hardiness: 3-11

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: under 4"

Width: under 4"

Primary Bloom Colour: Pink

Secondary Bloom Colour: Yellow

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Early Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Dry

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No


Benefits: Bees

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat:


Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

Asia and the Pacific - Southwest Asia and Asia Minor

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