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Mountain Death Camas
(Elegant Deathcamas, Alkali Grass)

Zigadenus elegans



First Noted by Expedition
July 7, 1806, in Lewis and Clark County, Montana.
 

Description
A plant with long, grasslike leaves and cream or greenish white, bowl-shaped flowers in a raceme or branched flower cluster. Leaves 6-12 in (15-30 cm) long. Flowers about 0.8 in (2 cm) wide; six broad, petal-like segments, each with a greenish, heart-shaped gland at base. Height: 6-28 in (15-70 cm).
 

Habitat
Mountain meadows, rocky slopes, and forests.
 

Range
Western Canada; south to western Washington, eastern Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
 

Note
Native Americans and early settlers were poisoned when they mistook the bulbs for edible species, such as the camas lily (Camassia). No plants of the genus Zigadenus should ever be eaten.

Species information from enature.com
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