Bulbs and other plants that grow from large underground structures like rhizomes, tubers, and corms (known as a group as geophytes) are often seasonal stars that are great for tucking in around other plants to create little "surprises" throughout the year. Starting with spring-flowering bulbs like daffodils, through to late-season performers like autumn crocus and Rohdea, there are deer-resistant bulbs for every month.
Not a true crocus, hence the botanical name Colchicum. This fall bloomer keeps pollinators fueled up when flowers are scarce. Handle toxic corms with care (and gloves) and keep away from kids and pets.
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