AUTUMN CROCUS OR MEADOW SAFFRON

April 2, 2014 – 03:45 am

AUTUMN CROCUS, MEADOW SAFFRON, COLCHIUM AUTUMNALE

The Autumn Crocus is not a relation to Crocus sativa from which we get, which is in the Iridaceae family of plants. This one was formerly in the Liliaceae (lily) family but has recently been moved to the Colchiaceae family. It has light purple or white flowers and as its name suggests, flowers between September and October during early autumn and grows in meadows.
It is native to Europe and North Africa, but is restricted in range now in Britain to an area around the Bristol Channel.

All parts of the plant are poisonous to cattle and the corm or bulb from which the plant grows contains the alkaloid colchinine which is highly toxic. A woman was convicted of poisoning in 1862 using the drug Colchium. This was considered virtually a specific treatment for gout in the 18th century, and was used extensively with imported corms being used in Britain. is Des Materia Medica in the first century AD, Dioscorides records that it is a poison. Despite this knowledge, it was used in the Byzantine Empire for joint problems such as rheumatism and arthritis. It was the Arabs who first realized that it could be used to treat gout effectively. The plant is a drastic purgative and can be fatal to humans as it is to cattle which inadvertently graze on the leaves. However topically it can be applied to neuralgia and itching to bring relief – although so can other herbs which are safer to use. ctating, and neither should it be used by people who suffer from kidney problems. It is also not a good idea to harvest it as some cases of poisoning have occurred when people have mistaken it for ramsons or wild garlic, Allium ursinum, also called and cooked the leaves or corms.

In the Language of Flowers the Autumn Crocus or Meadow Saffron stands for “my best days are gone; I am growing old.”

The genus gets its name from the ancient district of Colchis which was situated on the eastern shore of the Black Sea and which seems to have been the original source of this medicinal herb.

Source: herbs-treatandtaste.blogspot.com


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Apple (seeds)
Apple Leaf Croton
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Asparagus Fern
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Azalea
Baby's Breath
Bird of Paradise
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Buckeye
Buddhist Pine
Caladium
Calla Lily
Castor Bean
Ceriman
Charming Dieffenbachia
Cherry (seeds and wilting leaves)
Chinese Evergreen
Cineraria
Clematis
Cordatum
Corn Plant
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Cuban Laurel
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Cycads
Cyclamen
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Bird of Paradise
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Boston ivy
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Buttercup
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