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Amianthium muscitoxicum
Common Name: Fly Poison, Crow Poison Family: Melianthaceae (The Honeybush Family)

Amianthium muscitoxicum is a rare eastern North American native that emerges from a bulb with long, strap-like leaves and 1-2 foot stems topped with spikes of pure white, glistening, star-like flowers that turn green and bronze with age and are followed by bright orange fruit. Fly poison is poisonous in all its parts. The bulbs were crushed and mixed with sugar by American colonists to kill flies and used by the Cherokee people to kill crows. Photo: Wikipedia.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Americas - North America

Native Habitat:
Moist to mesic soils in seeps, open woods, pinelands, savannahs, meadows and sandhills.

ClassDeciduous Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream
TypePerennial Secondary Bloom ColourGreen
Height Bloom TimeSpring
Spread Fragrance
Light ExposurePart Sun Part Shade Foliage ColourGreen
Soil MoistureAverage Dry Moist Stem Colour
Hardiness4-9 BerriesYes
BC NativeNo

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