Mountain Death Camas (Anticlea elegans)

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Botanical names:
Anticlea elegans Accepted
Zigadenus elegans Synonym

Also sold as:
Zygadenus elegans

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 - 18 inches
Plant Spread: 6 - 12 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Bulb


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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jan 9, 2012 8:40 PM

Grows in Alaska where able to handle -60°F.
Habitat - mountain meadows and forests and on rocky slopes.
Flowers face up and outward in midsummer.
One of the showiest species.
Poisonous. Contains a toxic alkaloid (causes vomiting, breathing difficulty, and coma in humans; fatal to livestock).

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