Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Chamaelirium luteum
A perennial, reaching up to 14 inches x 1 foot, that is native to moist woodland in the eastern U.S. ( from central Arkansas to southern Illinois to northwest Ohio to Niagara Falls to western Massachusetts; south to Louisiana to central Florida ). It is extinct in Ontario having last been seen near Turkey Point ( west of Port Dover ) in 1979. It is endangered in Illinois, Indiana, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Louisiana. It occurred sporadically on the Ohio shore during the 1800s.
The spoon-shaped basal leaves are up to 8 inches in length. The foliage is deep green. The white flowers are borne on clusters, up to 4 inches in length. They are borne atop stems up to 4 feet.
Hardy zones 4 to 8 in partial to full shade on moist, fertile, acidic, well drained soil. Plants are either male or female so plant many together to produce fertile seed. It is rarely bothered by insects or disease.

* photo taken on May 27 2017 @ Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA

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