Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Veratrum viride (Corn Lily, False Hellebore)



 Plantae Plants


 Tracheobionta Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants


 Liliopsida Monocotyledons






 Liliaceae Lily family


 Veratrum L. false hellebore


 Veratrum viride Aiton green false hellebore

It is easy to see why this perennial plant would be called Corn Lily: The wide leaves grow in a similar fashion and the yellow flowers hang in tassels looking much like the silk hanging from a ripe cob of corn.

But it is not related to corn and is not edible; in fact the roots contain a strong poison that is used as an insecticide.

This full sun plant prefers moist meadows, swamps and bogs.

It is a widespread plant found across much of Canada as well as most of the United States with the exception of the deep south, USDA zones 1-11.

Photo below left from SB Johnny.

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