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colchicum

(kŏl′chĭ-kəm, kŏl′kĭ-)
n.
1. Any of various bulbous plants of the genus Colchicum, such as the autumn crocus.
2. The dried ripe seeds or corms of the autumn crocus, both of which yield colchicine.

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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Our native Colchicum autumnale grows wild in damp meadows, and in the garden they prefer moisture-retentive soil.
On the other hand, given that the genus Colchicum is a member of the Liliaceae, the distribution of colchicine in other members of the same evolutionary advanced monocotyledonous family in the same order (Liliales) and same division (Angiosperm) is not unexpected on chemotaxonomic grounds.
Well into the Middle Ages there were frequent references to the use of colchicum to treat both acute and chronic gout.
RAGING PUCE The silver, furry lambs' lugs of Stachys byzantina are tough enough to survive being overcome by colchicum leaves and make a perfect foil both in texture and colour to the raging puce of some colchicum flowers.
Plant Colchicum corms in bare soil in between shrubs to add a splash of colour in autumn.
Colchicum are known for their ability to thrive in shade and are good planted with woodlanders such as Anemone nemorosa.
Some top autumn flowerers are Crinum macowanii, Scilla scilloides, Cyclamen hederifolium, Amaryllis belladonna, Leucojum autumnalei, Colchicum and Nerine.
Elsewhere in the garden a swathe of collapsed aconitums was hiding the sudden annual appearance of a group of colchicum flowers.
Finally, one plant with weather-resistant blooms that you will want to encourage is colchicum, or naked ladies.
There's a smashing double named 'Waterlily', a whopper called 'The Giant', and a stunning white called Colchicum speciosum 'Alba'.
Colchicum, sternbergia and autumn crocus should be planted in the ground as soon as they are available to buy in the garden centre.