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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Veratrum californicum Durand
California false hellebore, Corn lily
USDA Symbol: VECA2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
California false hellebore or corn lilys stiffly erect, leafy stalks rise 6 ft. and bear large, conspicuously pleated, oval leaves. The stalks are topped by showy clusters of white to greenish flowers. The flowers are star-like in design and numerous. A long, branched, dense cluster of relatively small, whitish or greenish flowers top the stout, leafy stem of this tall plant.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, WY Native Distribution:
to s. CA,
e. to MT, CO, NM
& Mex. Native Habitat:
Swamps; creek bottoms; moist meadows & woodlands
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
High Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Moist CaCO3 Tolerance:
Medium Soil Description:
Moist, heavy soil. Conditions Comments:
Corn lily is a bold specimen plant. In
the garden, the old growth will need to be cut back as it turns brown. The plant is not bothered by gophers or deer.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Propagation is possible, but not necessarily easy, from root divisions or seed. Seedlings take several years to flower.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seed requires prolonged cold-moist stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACW || OBL || FAC |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff