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autumn crocus

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb that is the primary source of colchicine, an alkaloid used for treating gout in mainstream medicine.

autumn crocus

(o′tŭm) [L. autumnus, season of abundance, autumn]
A perennial lily (Colchicum autumnale), that produces colchicine.

autumn crocus

A plant, Colchicum autumnale , from which the valuable gout remedy colchicine is derived.

autumn crocus

see colchicum autumnale. Called also meadow saffron.
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Plant autumn-flowering bulbs such as amaryllis belladonna and autumn crocuses
Incorporate hardy, autumn-flowering perennials and bulbs in your planting scheme to add colour and interest, such as autumn crocuses and nerines, sedums and some anemones.
At the moment, there are saffron autumn crocuses in one of the parks and the colour of the trees gets you over a quarter of a mile or so without even thinking that you wish you'd stayed in bed.