A beautiful fly-poison from John in SC

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Photographed May 15th in Bamberg County. Plant was growing in a shaded hardwood bluff overlooking a small creek. Area is generally sandy with some clay.


these are some fine examples of the lily named Fly-poison, Amianthium muscitoxicum.  Apparently, the plant is toxic in general if eaten, and the bulb was mixed with sugar by American colonists to kill flies.  I have not heard of any poisonings, personally.  It is an attractive native plant, and not poisonous if touched. Great pictures!

You are welcome!


Steve Hill,  Botanist  SCNPS

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