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Zigadenus elegans

Mountain death camas

This unusual plant is widely distributed throughout North America and occurs in many habitats particularly moist woodland. 

All parts of this plant are extremely poisonous from alkaloids more toxic than strychnine. Ingesting any part can cause fatalities in both humans and animals. 

Plants over-winter as a bulb that is very similar to the wild onion and many foraging early settlers learned of its toxicity the hard way. 

It has white lily-like flowers and two-pronged, greenish-yellow glands on each petal, the leaves are grey green and grass like. 

They are good for a shady border or a woodland garden where the soil is reliably moist. 

Please handle with care and use common sense when siting it. Keep away from livestock and other grazing animals. 

£ 7.00

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Melanthiaceae

Hardy perennial

H6

60cm 

30cm 

Grey green 

Greenish white 

Humus rich, moist 

Partial shade

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