Zigadenus elegans (mountain death camas)


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


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


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


June through August.


Mountain meadows, rocky slopes and forests.


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


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