Colchicum autumnale

Colchicum autumnale

Liliaceae Form -a native to Eurasia and Africa Culture -moist soil in sun or semi-shade -slugs may damage bulbs -start from seed, may take 18 months to germinate Foliage - large, slender basal leaves Use -borders, rock gardens, moist grasslands or under trees Medicinal Uses: -Antichemotactic, antiphlogistic, and mitotic inhibitor -Note: This plant can be very posionous when ingested Conditions Treated in Modern Medicine: -Gout -Mediterranean fever -Derivatives like colchicine can be used in labs to regulate mitosis Pharmacological Substances and Properties: -Tropolone alkaloids including N-deacetyl-N-formyl-colchicine -Trupolone alkaloids including colchicine and colchicoside -Starch -Fatty Oil Medicinal Parts Used : -fresh flowers, dried tubers, and dried ripe seeds all can create the effects of the compounds