meadow saffron

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Related to meadow saffron: autumn crocus, Colchicum autumnale

autumn crocus

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

meadow saffron (meˑ·dō saˑ·frän),

n Latin name:
Colchicum autumnale; parts used: bulb, seeds; uses: pain, severe bowel evacuation, induction of vomiting, gout, nausea, diarrhea, rheumatism, leukemia, Beçhet's syndrome; precautions: kidney disease; can cause violent purging, stomach and bowel inflammation, and allergic skin reactions. Also called
cigdem, colchicum, colquico, herbstreitlose, naked boys, wilde herfsttijloos, and
autumn crocus.


grassland, used for grazing and/or haying.

meadow buttercup
meadow crowfoot
meadow rue
meadow saffron
meadow sweet
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Miss Grillo, grand-dam of Meadow Saffron and Meadow Court, set a record in the States which promises to stand for all time, completing 2m4f in 4min 14.
Autumn crocus, meadow saffron and naked ladies are all common names for the same species, our native Colchicum autumnale which is not a crocus at all but belongs in the lily family.
Also known as naked ladies and meadow saffron, these dainty little additions to the autumn garden produce several clusters of violet, crocus-like, wine-glass-shaped blooms with leaves not appearing until the following spring.