Meadow Death Camas
(Aka Zigadenus venenosus )
A perennial herb widespread in western Canada. They tend to grow in dry meadows and dry hillsides, so you can find them on Savary's meadows.

Don't put this in your salad.

Don't put this in your salad.

All parts of the plant are poisonous for humans, so don't touch them.

1. For a complete and detailed description of this herb, click here.

2. According to Liz Webster: “In May, the Meadow and south shores of Savary blossom with two lilies, the Chocolate lily and the Meadow death camas. These two usually arrive together and provide a lovely visual contrast. The Chocolate lily (Fritillaria lanceolata) is a beautiful brown to almost purple flower with a head that nods as if bowing to the earth. Its bitter tasting rice-like bulbs were food for First Nations peoples for generations. Chocolate lilies bloom for a short time in early spring. If you get to see one you are lucky. Never pick or try to transplant chocolate lilies. (Native seeds may be purchased for planting.)

Found along side the delicate bittersweet Chocolate lily is the deadly Meadow Death Camas (Zigadenus venenosus). This creamy white, bell-shaped flower looks harmless but the bulb and leaves are poisonous. Don’t pick these!!!! BEWARE…this lily can kill. Symptoms include vomiting, lowered body temperature, difficulty breathing and finally coma.”
(Source: SILTS newsletter Summer 2004)
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