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Stenanthium densum [= Zigdenus densus]

Crow-poison, Crow Poison, Savanna Camass, Black Death Camas, Osceola's-plume

Scientific Name:

Stenanthium densum [= Zigdenus densus]

Genus:

Stenanthium

Species Epithet:

densum

Common Name:

Crow-poison, Crow Poison, Savanna Camass, Black Death Camas, Osceola's-plume

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Melanthiaceae (Bunchflower Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Pine savannas, pine flatwoods. Fairly common to common in southern Coastal Plain and Sandhills counties of NC. Possibly present but very rare in a few eastern Piedmont counties.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

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:

Onion-like bulb very toxic to people, pets, and livestock.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/stenanthium-densum/



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