"White Camass, Death Camass, Alkalai Grass, Smooth Camass"
Zigadenus (or Zygadenus) is most likely from the Greek zygos, which means "a yoke" and aden, meaning "a gland"; referring to the fact that the glands sometimes occur in pairs. Elegans id from the Latin word for "elegant", referring to the showy flowers.
|Sun Exposure||Prairie, Savanna|
|Soil Moisture||Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry|
Summer , June, July
|Max Height||3 feet|
|Germ Code||C(60)or M|
|Seeds Per Ounce||42,000|
Does best in open, rocky areas and on prairies with soils having a high lime content. Found mostly west of the Mississippi in the Tallgrass biome.Stunning white to cream, lily-like flowers bloom from June through July.
"As one might expect, Native Americans were well aware of the poisonous (the seeds are the most toxic part of the plant) traits of this plant. Even with that awareness, the bulbs of this plant was often mistaken for wild onion bulbs - with very unpleasant results. The bulbs of White Camass were mashed into a pulp and used as a wet de ressing to sprains and bruises by the Blackfoot.
Edible Uses: Unknown
Medicinal Uses: Unknown
Herbal Uses: Unknown