Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Bulbs
Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium, high
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: acid, rich, average, poor
Bloom Time: April, May, June
Bloom Color: white, green
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: clumping, colonizing, poisonous, showy fruit
Pricing & Availability
Amianthium muscitoxicumAlso known as:
Amianthium muscaetoxicum, Chrosperma muscitoxicum, Zigadenus muscitoxicus
Amianthium muscitoxicum has drooping basal foliage. The white flowers are reminiscent of those of the hyacinth and develop atop bare stems reaching 2' feet or more. The blooms give way to bright orange fruit.
Best grown in part shade, it can tolerate more light in cooler areas. It prefers slightly acidic soil but will grow in any average, moist soil. Bloom times will vary within its range from April to May. Zones 6-8
It is easiest to propagate by bulb separation when the plant is dormant. It may also be propagated by planting the seeds as soon as they ripen, though this can prove to be difficult.
The botanical name "muscitoxicum" literally means poisonous to flies. By crushing the bulbs and mixing sugar in with the pulp, one can obtain a very effective fly poison. All parts of the plant are toxic.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OK, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV
USDA Endangered Status:
- Threatened: KY
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