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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Veratrum californicum Dur.
California false hellebore, Corn lily
USDA Symbol: VECA2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AZ , CA , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY Native Distribution:
W. WA to s. CA, e. to MT, CO, NM & Mex. Native Habitat:
Swamps; creek bottoms; moist meadows & woodlands USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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
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
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff