Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Veratrum viride (Corn Lily, False Hellebore)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Liliopsida Monocotyledons

Subclass

 Liliidae

Order

 Liliales

Family

 Liliaceae Lily family

Genus

 Veratrum L. false hellebore

Species

 Veratrum viride Aiton green false hellebore

It is easy to see why this perennial plant would be called Corn Lily: The wide leaves grow in a similar fashion and the yellow flowers hang in tassels looking much like the silk hanging from a ripe cob of corn.

But it is not related to corn and is not edible; in fact the roots contain a strong poison that is used as an insecticide.

This full sun plant prefers moist meadows, swamps and bogs.

It is a widespread plant found across much of Canada as well as most of the United States with the exception of the deep south, USDA zones 1-11.

Photo below left from SB Johnny.

   
  
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