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Zigadenus venenosus (Meadow death camas)
Reveal, James L.

Zigadenus venenosus

Zigadenus venenosus S. Watson

Meadow Death Camas, Death Camas

Liliaceae (Lily Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

The highly poisonous Meadow Deathcamas (Zigadenus venenosus) grows throughout most of the western United States. It has petal-like segments about 1/4 of an inch (6 mm) long, the inner 3 slightly longer and with a short stalk at the base, and stamens about as long as the segments.

The Meadow Deathcamas is a member of the lily family (family Liliaceae). Lilies are mostly perennial herbs from rhizomes, bulbs, or corms, some rather woody and treelike, and often showy flowers in racemes or branched racemes. The family is extremely complex and botanists estimate 250 genera and 4,000-6,000 species. Many, including tulips and day lilies, are handsome ornamentals. Asparagus, Sarsaparilla, onions, and the medicinally useful Aloe are from the family. A few species are poisonous.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: CA , CO , ID , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , SK

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2019-12-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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