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.
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He also has flocks of seed-eating birds such as linnet and yellowhammer, and rare wild plants such as meadow saffron, greater butterfly orchid and herb paris.
October 23) is not, as he suggested, meadow saffron (Colchicum autumnale), but sutumnal crocus (Crocus nudiflorus).
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.
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
Another flower, found especially in the fields of north Warwickshire, was the Common Meadow Saffron known as "naked ladies".