Veratrum californicum Durand
California false hellebore, Corn lily
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
USDA Symbol: VECA2
California false hellebore or Corn lily’s 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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: 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
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
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Veratrum californicum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Veratrum californicum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Veratrum californicum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2016-03-25
Research By: TWC Staff