A total of nine Colchicum species have been recorded in Jordan. They are characterized by pink or white flowers without stems, and long female organs that extend below ground where the ovaries are. Each flower has six stamens (male organs) and three styles (female organs). Toxic if ingested.
Different Colchicum species occur in habitats ranging from the humid Northern Highlands, including Jerash and Amman, to desert regions such as Wadi Araba, Azraq, Petra, and Wadi Rum.
Most Colchicum species flower in winter and produce leaves later in spring. A few species flower and produce leaves in spring.