I have seen a lot of photographs of colchicums in books and magazines, including my own article on colchicums, where the color seemed unnaturally saturated and intense. I had never grown a colchicum that richly colored, and I suspected that the photographs had been “adjusted” to make them more appealing. Those photos may very well have been tinkered with, but I’m very pleased to tell you that Colchicum ‘Disraeli,’ which I acquired earlier this autumn, is indeed that richly colored.I really don’t think this photo captures the intensity of the color, but it does show the checkering (called tessellation by botanists) quite well. Not all colchicums have tessellation, and the checkering doesn’t show up as well on colchicums with a paler color, so this is a special treat.
I purchased ‘Disraeli’ from Daffodils and More. Typically colchicums are sold and shipped in August, because they start blooming in September. Sometimes you can get them at a reduced price later in the season, with the understanding that they will have already bloomed for the year, but that doesn’t happen often. Best thing to do is put it on your wishlist, and hope that someone offers it next year. And tell them I sent you!