Death Camas

Genus Zigadenus
Lily Family (Liliaceae)

Plant about 1 foot tall
    with a feathery flower stalk

Foothill Death Camas
(Zigadenus paniculatus)

These plants grow on the dry hillsides, blooming in April and May. The plant is usually about 1 foot tall, with slender leaves arranged evenly on three sides. It is a beautiful plant, but deadly poisonous because of the alkaloids it contains.

Many creamy-white blossoms occur on a single flower stalk. The stamens protrude, and are yellowish-orange in color.

Flower stalk with
   many white blossoms

Red Butte Canyon
Wasatch Mountain foothills
Salt Lake County, Utah


by Sandra Bray