meadow saffron


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meadow saffron

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meadow saffron

n
(Plants) another name for autumn crocus
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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.meadow saffron - bulbous autumn-flowering herb with white, purple or lavender-and-white flowersmeadow saffron - 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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Commonly called autumn crocus and sometimes meadow saffron, Colchicum autumnale grows from corms (bulb-like structures that store food) and blooms in fall.
A WORD OF WARNING: Be aware of a saffron look-alike, 'Autumn Crocus' or 'Meadow Saffron' (Colchicum autumnale).
That doesn't need to be the end of the story because there are autumn crocuses to follow - Colchicumautumnale, its common name Meadow Saffron causing it to be confused with the saffron-producing crocus variety C.
It was probably common at one time in field and pasture, which gave it its common name of meadow saffron. Perhaps it was unpopular with farmers since it is poisonous to cattle.
* Colchicum (Meadow saffron): Severe vomiting and retching.