(Medicinal Herbs) Meadow Saffron

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Meadow Saffron Scientific Names and Common Names,Meadow Saffron Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Meadow Saffron Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Medicinal Herbs)  Meadow Saffron

Contents:

Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Colchicum autumnale L.LiliaceaeLily family

Common Names

Autumn crocus
Colchicum
Naked ladies
Upstart
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Parts Usually Used

Bulb, seeds
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Meadow saffron is a perennial plant; the large bulb is dark brown on the outside and contains a white, acrid juice. It produces several lilac or purple, crocus-like flowers in the fall, followed by smooth, narrow, dark green, basal leaves and long-elliptic seed capsules the next spring.
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Where Found

Common plant found in damp meadows, marshes, roadsides, banks and woods of Europe, England, and Africa and cultivated in the United States and Canada.
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Biochemical Information

Contains the poisonous alkaloid colchicine (medically used for gout and arthritis.
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Legends, Myths and Stories

The botanical name of this plant recalls its connection with Colchis, where the great witch Medea practiced her herbal enchantments.
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Warning

The whole plant is poisonous, and small amounts of the bulb or seeds can cause death. Not for home use under any circumstances. If used, this herb must have medical supervision.
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Bibliography

, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

Herbal Gardening, compiled by The Robison York State Herb Garden, Cornell Plantations, Matthaei Botanical Gardens of the University of Michigan, University of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley., Pantheon Books, Knopf Publishing Group, New York, 1994, first edition

, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

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