Colchicum speciosum produce autumn crocus flowers before any leaves. These plants were grown in a pot for display at alpine garden shows and competitions.
Photo Tips with Flash and Without
- This photo was taken without a flash on the camera whilst the photo below had auto flash.
- The colours appear more saturated if you can hold the camera still enough to avoid using a flash. Flash can burn out detail.
- If information is available such as the variety name keep a record – I forgot
- If the plant is in a competition or you know the name of the owner give them a credit. (West Yorkshire AGS group autumn show again I forgot the entrants name).
- Use a plain back ground – I borrowed someones green card but I may carry a grey sheet for future.
- Take care with framing, the plants are not going to move. My third mistake compounded by not cropping the resulting photo.
Colchicum speciosum is native to mountainous areas of northern Turkey. Do not collect wild specimens but acquire from cultivated stock or grow your own from specialist seed suppliers.
Other names for Colchicum speciosum include “Naked ladies” and “Meadow Saffron”.
Growing Colchium as Alpine Pot Plants – Colchium have 6 stamen crocus only 3.
True autumn crocus