Best of the bunch
●● AUTUMN crocus (colchicum) ALSO known as meadow saffron, the bulbs, which need to be planted in late summer, start flowering within a few weeks, producing clusters of violet, crocus-like flowers with leaves following later.
C. ‘Waterlily’ is a bigger-than-average cultivar with pretty double flowers 20cm x 10cm.
C. byzantinum is stronger but smaller, with more flowers.
Autumn crocus need well-drained soil containing plenty of organic matter and can be planted in sun or light shade.