False Hellebore (Veratrum species)

Scientific Name:   Veratrum species

Common Name:   False Hellebore

Type:   Native

Toxicity:   Poisonous

Berries/Fruits:   A 3-lobed capsule. Seed pods turn black as they ripen. The plant produces seeds in September.

Flowers:   Cream-colored flowers grow in clusters and appear in July and August.

Description:   Grows in damp areas on meadows and hillsides at high elevations. It emerges as soon as snow melts in the spring and reaches a height of 1.5 to 2 meters. Leaves may measure 20 to 30 cm long and 7 to 15 cm broad. Cream-colored flowers grow in clusters at the top of a single unbranched stalk that resembles corn.