Sunday 18 March 2012: Autumn Crocus. Colchicum autumnale
In the 5th century, medical practitioners held autumn crocus in high esteem owing to the herb's effectiveness in treating joint problems, such as arthritis and rheumatism, while physicians in the Arab world recommended the use of autumn crocus for treating gout.
It is interesting to note that till date chemists obtain this alkaloid (colchicines) directly from autumn crocus as they are yet to be successful in synthesizing the substance economically.
Using the corm or the seeds ..... although I would leave it to the professionals this plant is very toxic.