Amianthium muscaetoxicum

Jim McKenney
Thu, 19 Jun 2008 08:25:24 PDT
I agree, it’s a totally cool plant, another of those native plants which is
all but unknown but which has qualities which, one would think, would get it
into many gardens. 

The problem with it, in my experience,  is that it is very slow growing.  

Seed ripens in late August or early September in this latitude, and seed
germinates easily. But then the wait begins: it’s no faster than its
relatives Veratrum and Melanthium, and like those plants is not difficult –
just agonizingly slow. 

In the wild I’ve seen it growing in both the deep shade of woodland and in
open sunny fields. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone
7, where I'm still digging, sorting and storing bulbs. 
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