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
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
Another flower, found especially in the fields of north Warwickshire, was the Common Meadow Saffron known as "naked ladies".
Colchicum speciosum, meadow saffron, with pale pink flowers of similar height but longer leaves.
To add further confusion to the equation, another common name is Meadow Saffron, giving the impression that you might be able to harvest the pollen from the flowers and use it as saffron in cooking.