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 (kŏl′chĭ-kəm, kŏl′kĭ-)
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.

[Latin, autumn crocus (noted for its poisonous root), from Greek kolkhikon, from neuter of kolkhikos, of Colchis, from Kolkhis, Colchis (the home of the sorceress and poisoner Medea in Greek mythology).]


(ˈkɒltʃɪkəm; ˈkɒlkɪ-)
1. (Plants) any Eurasian liliaceous plant of the genus Colchicum, such as the autumn crocus
2. (Plants) the dried seeds or corms of the autumn crocus: a source of colchicine
[C16: from Latin, from Greek kolkhikon, from kolkhikos of Colchis]


(ˈkɒl tʃɪ kəm, ˈkɒl kɪ-)

1. any Old World plant of the genus Colchicum, of the lily family, esp. the autumn crocus, C. autumnale.
2. the dried seeds or corms of this plant.
3. a medicine or drug prepared from these, used chiefly in the treatment of gout.
[1590–1600; < New Latin, Latin < Greek kolchikón meadow saffron <Kolchikós of Colchis, the plant being thought poisonous]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.colchicum - chiefly fall-blooming perennial cormous herbsColchicum - chiefly fall-blooming perennial cormous herbs; sometimes placed in family Colchicaceae
liliid monocot genus - genus of monocotyledonous plants comprising mostly herbs having usually petaloid sepals and petals and compound pistils
family Liliaceae, Liliaceae, lily family - includes species sometimes divided among the following families: Alliaceae; Aloeaceae; Alstroemeriaceae; Aphyllanthaceae; Asparagaceae; Asphodelaceae; Colchicaceae; Convallariaceae; Hemerocallidaceae; Hostaceae; Hyacinthaceae; Melanthiaceae; Ruscaceae; Smilacaceae; Tecophilaeacea; Xanthorrhoeaceae
autumn crocus, Colchicum autumnale, meadow saffron, naked lady - bulbous autumn-flowering herb with white, purple or lavender-and-white flowers; native to western and central Europe
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Commonly called autumn crocus and sometimes meadow saffron, Colchicum autumnale grows from corms (bulb-like structures that store food) and blooms in fall.
| Colchicum, sternbergia and autumn crocus should be planted in the ground as soon as they are available in the garden centre.
Colchicine is another secondary metabolite isolated from the species of Colchicum genus.
| Colchicum, sternbergia and autumn crocus should be planted as soon as they are available in garden centres.
But there could potentially be toxic plants around every corner, from monkshood and laburnum, to hemlock, aquilegia, autumn crocus (colchicum autumnale), lords-and-ladies and hellebores.
Sink fall-blooming corms and tubers--including colchicum, crocus, and cyclamen--into the ground and enjoy their cheerful blossoms this coming season.
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The main constituents of colchicum are alkaloids and flavanoids; it is the alkaloid colchicine which is responsible for the anti-inflammatory content.
If you are creating an area for kids, there are many plants to avoid as they are poisonous or irritate the skin including monkshood (aconitum), euphorbia, laburnum, daphne, digitalis, colchicum and taxus.
Colchicum speciosum "Album" Gardeners are unanimous in their opinion - everybody agrees that the perfection of its pure white chalices is without parallel.