Colchicum autumnale


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Related to Colchicum autumnale: colchicine, Conium maculatum

autumn crocus

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb that is the primary source of colchicine, an alkaloid used for treating gout in mainstream medicine.
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The best of these is a double form reaching six inches in height and called Colchicum autumnale Alboplenum.
Hemlock, foxgloves, aquilegia, autumn crocus (colchicum autumnale), laburnum and hellebores are all plants that have different levels of toxicity.
The delightful, if rather transitory, Colchicum autumnale, autumn crocus, has a list of medicinal uses for its corms and seeds that will rival any modern antibiotic but, be warned - even when you plant the corms in midsummer they may cause an allergic reaction with some people's skin - wear gloves when handling the corms!
Colchicum Autumnale x 5 RRP pounds 13.99, offer price pounds 12.99.
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.
For summer, there are purple and yellow Iris foetidissima and arum lilies, while autumn displays are provided by free-flowering little Cyclamen hederifolium and naked ladies, Colchicum autumnale, sometimes wrongly called autumn crocuses.