Zigadenus venenosus S. Watson
Meadow Death Camas, Death Camas
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
USDA Symbol: zive
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: 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 DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Zigadenus venenosus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Zigadenus venenosus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Zigadenus venenosus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2019-12-20
Research By: TWC Staff