Photographer: Christopher Noll
Zigadenus elegans Pursh subsp. glaucus (Nutt.) Hultén
death camas, mountain death camas, white camas
Zigadenus: derived from Greek zugon, "yoke," and aden, "gland"
elegans: Latin for "elegant"
|Status: ||Special Concern|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 4"-24" tall forb, smooth; from a bulb|
|Flower: ||white to yellowish, 6-parted, 3/4" wide, star-shaped, dark or yellow spots near the center, unpleasant odor; inflorescence a 4"-12" tall, loose, usually branched cluster (panicle) of stalked flowers; blooms July-Aug.|
|Leaf:|| mostly basal, grass-like, up to slightly more than 1/3" wide|
|Habitat: ||beaches, prairies, bogs in coniferous forests; in limy, sandy soil|