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autumn crocus

n.
A corm-producing Eurasian and North African plant (Colchicum autumnale) having showy colorful flowers that appear in the fall. It is a source of colchicine. Also called meadow saffron.
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autumn crocus

n
(Plants) a liliaceous plant, Colchicum autumnale, of Europe and N Africa having pink or purplish autumn flowers. Also called: meadow saffron Compare saffron
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au′tumn cro′cus


n.
any of several bulbous plants of the genus Colchicum, of the lily family. Also called meadow saffron.
[1905–10]
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Noun1.autumn crocus - bulbous autumn-flowering herb with white, purple or lavender-and-white flowersautumn crocus - bulbous autumn-flowering herb with white, purple or lavender-and-white flowers; native to western and central Europe
Colchicum, genus Colchicum - chiefly fall-blooming perennial cormous herbs; sometimes placed in family Colchicaceae
bulbous plant - plant growing from a bulb
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Mother Nature normally provides the extra water autumn crocuses require in spring and early summer but if dry conditions occur, supplemental watering is necessary.
Last week it was the pretty purple flowers of the autumn crocuses that caught my eye en route to feed my chickens, and reminded me that there are in fact several clumps around the garden.
Most crocuses are a good alternative for spring colour to daffodils, which are toxic, but avoid colchicums or autumn crocuses, which can also be poisonous.
But watch out for autumn crocuses, which can be poisonous.
PLANT autumn-flowering bulbs such as amaryllis, nerines, colchicums and autumn crocuses.
The area is home to one of only a handful of places in West Yorkshire where autumn crocuses flourish and there are some beautiful mature trees.