Their name comes from the ancient kingdom of Colchis, where the first plants are said to have sprung from a potion brewed from the king of Colchis' daughter, Medea to restore youth. Surprisingly, the colchicum is not related to its look-alike, the crocus.
Colchium flowers in the autumn without any foliage. For this reason they are commonly known as 'naked ladies'! They will then produce large glossy leaves in the spring.
For a good display, plant the bulbs to naturalise in a sunny position with well-drained soil.