Other Common Names: Meadow Saffron
During the fall, naked ladies like to make their appearances in the garden! Referring to the Autumn Crocus, this one of the more popular fall-flowering bulbs. The cheeky name, Naked Lady, comes from the fact that these flowers will emerge from the ground without leaves during the fall months. They can be identified by their globet-shaped flowers blooming on bare stems.
Naked ladies are known for their large, showy flowers, which are available in shades of pink, purple and white. These flowers, native to Europe and North Africa, can be found growing in the meadows.
These flowers would be ideal for a rock garden or amongst other low-growing plants. Naked ladies prefer sunny but sheltered locations, along with fertile, well-drained soils for the best growing conditions.
Interestingly, the Autumn Crocus is not at all related to the spring flowering crocus, which is related to the iris family. In addition, the spring crocus is harmless, while the Autumn Crocus is poisonous to both animals and humans. It contains colchincine, a deadly toxin. Needless to say, this flower isn’t edible and harvesting them as cut flowers isn’t recommended!
In the language of flowers, the Autumn Crocus symbolizes “My best days are gone! I’m growing old.”
Climate Zones: 4-9