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Veratrum viride Aiton
Green False Hellebore, Green Corn Lily
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Synonym(s): Veratrum eschscholtzianum, Veratrum eschscholtzii, Veratrum eschscholtzii var. incriminatum, Veratrum viride ssp. eschscholtzii, Veratrum viride var. eschscholtzii
USDA Symbol: vevi
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)
A stout plant with large leaves clasping stem that bears a branching cluster of greenish, star-shaped, hairy flowers.
The ribbed, yellow-green leaves of this wetland plant are conspicuous in spring; the plant withers away before summer. It is said that some Native American chiefs were selected only if they survived eating this poisonous plant. The two other false hellebores in the East have hairless flowers: Small-flowered Veratrum (V. parviflorum), with leaves stalked and mostly basal, occurs in drier woods from Virginia to Georgia, eastern Tennessee, and West Virginia. Wood's False Hellebore, (V. woodii), with greenish-purple to blackish-purple flowers, is found in dry woods from Ohio to Missouri and Oklahoma, and in Iowa.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AK , AL , CA , CT , DC , DE , GA , ID , MA , MD , ME , MN , MT , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , TN , VA , VT , WA , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NL , NS , QC
Native Distribution: New Brunswick, Quebec, and New England; south to Maryland and, in uplands, to Georgia and Tennessee; west to Minnesota.
Native Habitat: Swamps, wet woods, and meadows.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Clay, Loam, Sand
BenefitWarning: POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Toxic if eaten in large quantities. Symptoms include burning of mouth and throat, salivation, headache, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, sweating, convulsions. Toxic Principle: Steroidal alkaloids. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Conspicuous Flowers: 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
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Veratrum viride in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Veratrum viride in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Veratrum viride
MetadataRecord Modified: 2017-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff