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Death Camas

Zigadenus venenosus
Photo by Mark Turner

Habitat: The Death Camas is common throughout southern Alberta.  It can be found in grasslands and in moist areas like around the edges of sloughs.

Description: It flowers in early summer and is characterized by its long grass-like leaves coming from the base of the stem and the small bunches of cream coloured flowers.

Size: 20-40cm tall

Fun Facts: The Death Camas gets its name from its extremely poisonous bulb.  The onion-like bulb is most poisonous to sheep but pigs seem to be immune!

Source:

Scotter, George W., and Flygare, Halle. Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies. Canmore: Alpine Book Peddlers, 1986. Print

Craighead, John J., Craighead, Frank C., and Davis, Ray J. A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1963. Print

Currah, R., Smreciu, A., and Van Dyk, M. Prairie Wildflowers. Edmonton: Friends of the Devonian Botanic Garden, 1983. Print

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