Meadow Death-Camas (4/9)

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This totally gorgeous plant is the meadow death-camas (Zigadenus venenosus). Unlike many of the other wildflowers pictured here, this one is decidedly NOT EDIBLE. The plant contains zygadenine, an alkaloid that is more poisonous than strychnine. The plant is medicinal, though, when used externally, primarily for the treatment of sprains, bruises, and rheumatism. This is found in most of Montana.

Written by Rex Trulove