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Veratrum virginicum (Virginia bunchflower)
Vick, Albert F. W.

Veratrum virginicum

Veratrum virginicum (L.) W.T. Aiton

Virginia Bunchflower

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Synonym(s): Melanthium dispersum, Melanthium virginicum

USDA Symbol: VEVI5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Veratrum virginicum has a white flower with three petals and three sepals on narrow, stalk-like bases with two dark glands on each. There are several floral spikes in a cluster.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , AR , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MN , MO , MS , NC , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Native Habitat: moist woods, seepages, and damp clearings

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Clay, Loam, Sand

National Wetland Indicator Status

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 on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

USDA: Find Veratrum virginicum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Veratrum virginicum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Veratrum virginicum


Record Modified: 2013-06-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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