Zigadenus venenosus (Death Camas) - photos and description

Zigadenus venenosus

Zigadenus venenosus
15 cm ruler for scale

Zigadenus venenosus

Zigadenus venenosus

Zigadenus venenosus

General: Low plant with stout stems from a bulb. Plants glabrous.

Flowers: Flowers in a dense raceme, yellow-white, we measured flowers from 8 mm to 10 mm in diameter.

Leaves: Linear, grass-like, mostly basal, we measured a leaf at 15.5 cm long and 5 mm wide.

Height: Height is listed in Budd's Flora from 10 to 20 cm high. We measured plants to 27 cm tall.

Habitat: Edges of streams, grassy draws and coulees of the southern prairie.

Abundance: Fairly common.

Origin: Native.

Similar species: Could be confused with Zigadenus elegans, however that plant's flowers are not in a dense raceme, and not gold in colour.

When and where photographed: Photos taken June 2nd, along a stream and on a draw at Old Man on His Back Conservation Area, about 450 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.