Zigadenus elegans (mountain death camas)

General

Bulb-forming perennial plant with stems up to 24 inches. All parts of the death camas are toxic, including the pollen and nectar.

Leaves

Narrow and grass-like, grow from the base of the plant to 1 ft long.

Flowers

Whitish or cream-colored bowl-shaped flowers about ½ in across are arranged in terminal clusters. Petals have one to two yellow to green nectar glands.

Bloom

June through August.

Ecology

Mountain meadows, rocky slopes and forests.

Pollinators

Only one specialist bee, Andrena astragali, utilizes the pollen for provisioning nests.

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