One of the most lovely of the "autumn crocuses", this one has noticeably long and thing petals. The short-stemmed flowers, which open in early autumn, actually rest on the ground, and are followed by thin, linear leaves. It is found in meadows and rocky slopes in Spain and Portugal from lowland to the lower alpine regions, up to 2600 m.
Sow seeds at any time covering them very thinly with compost or grit, and leaving some of the seed showing, as light can initiate germination, just as in the wild, and leave in a well-lit, warm spot. Sometimes, artificial heat may not be needed, and may prevent germination, as some species will only germinate in the spring after being chilled in the moist seed tray. Grow on in sharply draining compost in a pot, or the open ground.
Common name:Merendera montana, Bulbocodium montanum, Sowy Colchicum, False Autum Crocus
Classification:Hardy bulb, Hardy perennial
Packet Content:10 (Approx)