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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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Western Tailed Blue
Everes amyntula

Habitat:  The butterfly can be found throughout Alberta and loves to live in poplar forests.

Description:  Males of the Western Tailed Blue are purplish blue on the inside of their wings while females are brown.  The undersides on both sexes’ wings are white.  On each hind wing protrudes a small tail and behind each tail is some yellowish spotting.

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