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.

Colchicum autumnale,

Colchicum autumnale

toxic plant in the family Liliaceae; a cultivated plant that does survive also in the wild. Causes severe, often fatal, enteritis, characterized by diarrhea and abdominal pain. It contains two poisonous alkaloids, colchicine and colchiceine. Called also meadow saffron, saffron, autumn crocus.
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The best of these is a double form reaching six inches in height and called Colchicum autumnale Alboplenum.
Atropa belladonna (deadly nightshade) n Colchicum autumnale (autumn crocus, meadow saffron) Conium maculatum (hemlock) n Daphne mezereum (mezereon) Datura stamonium (Jimsonweed) Digitalis purpurea (foxglove) Laburnum Oenanthe crocata (hemlock water dropwort
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.