All parts of the plant, but especially the bulb
, are poisonous
. They cause vomiting, violent purging, serious inflammation of the stomach and bowels, and death
Handling the corms can cause skin allergies in some people
There are no edible uses listed for Colchicum luteum.
The following notes are for C. autumnale. Since this plant also contains colchicine it can be assumed that it has the same uses[K].
The poisonous alkaloid 'colchicine' is extracted from this plant and used to alter the genetic make-up of plants in an attempt to find new, improved varieties
. It works by doubling the chromosome number
There are no material uses listed for Colchicum luteum.
The corms are alterative, aphrodisiac, carminative and laxative
. They are used in India to treat gout, rheumatism and diseases of the liver and spleen
. They contain the toxic alkaloid 'colchicine' which is used externally to relieve pain
. The dried corms contain around 0.25% colchicine and the seed about 0.4%
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in early summer in a seed bed or a cold frame
. Germination can be very slow, taking up to 18 months at 15°c
. It is best to sow the seed thinly so that it is not necessary to transplant the seedlings for their first year of growth. Apply a liquid fertilizer during their first summer, however, to ensure they get sufficient nourishment. Prick out the seedlings once they are dormant, putting perhaps 2 plants per pot, and grow them on in a greenhouse or frame for at least a couple of years. Plant them out into their permanent positions when they are dormant[K]. The seedlings take 4 - 5 years to reach flowering size
Division of the bulbs in June/July when the leaves have died down
. Larger bulbs can be planted out direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up the smaller bulbs and grow them on in a cold frame for a year before planting them out. The plant can be divided every other year if a quick increase is required
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Prefers a rich well-drained loam that does not dry out rapidly in summer
. Requires a very sunny position
This species is hardy to at least -15°c.
Plants can take 4 - 5 years to flower when grown from seed.
Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Colchicum luteum. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Colchicum luteum.
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Material uses & Functions
- Unknown part (Alterative)
- Unknown part (Anodyne)
- Unknown part (Aphrodisiac)
- Unknown part (Carminative)
- Unknown part (Laxative)
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