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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Zigadenus glaberrimus [=Zygadenus glaberrimus]

Sandbog Death-camas, Large Death-camas, Snakeroot

Scientific Name:

Zigadenus glaberrimus [=Zygadenus glaberrimus]

Genus:

Zigadenus

Species Epithet:

glaberrimus

Common Name:

Sandbog Death-camas, Large Death-camas, Snakeroot

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Melanthiaceae (Bunchflower Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Sandhill seepage bogs, pine savannas, pocosin edges. In NC, generally, uncommon but can be fairly common to common in well-managed conservation areas such as in coastal savannas and locally in the Sandhills region.  It is rare in the northern half of the Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Nothing Specified

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

It does best in fire-managed systems.

Blossoms develop in a densely clustered terminal inflorescence. Individual flowers have 6 white to cream-colored tepals, each with a pair of rounded yellow-green glands near the base.

Will Stuart

The base of each stamen is often marked with red. Blossoms are very attractive to native bees.

Will Stuart

Zigadenus glaberrimus in full bloom in North Carolina's Green Swamp.

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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