Colchicum balansae

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Colchicum balansae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Colchicaceae
Genus: Colchicum
Species: C. balansae
Binomial name
Colchicum balansae

Colchicum candidum Schott & Kotschy ex Baker

Colchicum balansae is a variable species producing white to rosy-purple flowers in fall. The flowers are borne low to the ground, but can come from bulbs 50 cm (20") below the soil surface. The leaves are absent at flowering time, and start growing in the spring and can reach up to 30 cm (12") long.[2] This species is native to southern Turkey and to Greece (Attica, Poros, Rhodes).[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Colchicum balansae
  2. ^ Planchon, Jules Émile. 1855. Annales des Sciences Naturelles; Botanique sér. 4, 4: 145, Colchicum balansae
  3. ^ Autumn Bulbs by Roy Leeds (B.T. Batsford Ltd) 2006 ISBN 0-7134-8962-6