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Zigadenus elegans

Zigadenus elegans

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We grow Mountain Deathcamas for its spires of creamy green star-shaped flowers which grace the otherwise inconspicuous plant all summer. This North American native grows happily in any sunny location with well-drained soil.

Not-so-fun Fact: This plant was first recorded by Lewis and Clark in Montana in 1806. Early settlers confused this bulb with camassia to deadly results.

WARNING: Extremely toxic. May cause serious illness or death if ingested.

Zones: 3 to 7

Family: Melanthiaceae

Type: Herbaceous Perennial

Height: 30 to 36 in.

Spread: 12 to 18 in.

Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

Soil: medium to dry

Bloom Time: June to August

Native Range: western Washington, eastern Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas

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  • peganum from Small Dole, England, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons
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