Herbs Guide

Autumn Crocus

Family Name: Liliaceae

Botanical Name(s):Colchicum autumnale

Popular Name(s): Autumn Crocus, Colchicum, Meadow Saffron, Naked Ladies

Parts Used: Root and seeds

Habitat: Autumn crocus is found in meadows.

Description: Autumn crocus is a perennial, dark green herb which grows to a height of 1 foot. The plant possesses lanceolate leaves and its flowers are light purple or white in colour. The flowers bloom in September and October.

Uses: The root and seeds of Autumn crocus have anti-rheumatic, cathartic and emetic properties. The herb is used to cure gout and rheumatic problems.