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Fatal Plant Mixups: Autumn Crocus (Meadow Saffron) versus Bear’s Garlic

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Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

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Autumn crocus is a plant that contains colchicines. In Germany it can be easily confused with bear’s garlic, which is an herb used in cooking. Someone who is unable to distinguish the two plants can end up seriously ill or dead.

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