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Zigadenus fremontii - Fremont's Star Lily

Zigadenus fremontii grows in the Chaparral, and up into the lower reaches of the pine forest communities. Zigadenus fremontii looks like it is going to be renamed to Toxioscordion fremontii. Zigadenus fremontii has a wealth of common names including Chaparral Star Lily, Fremont's Death Camas, Chaparral Zigadene. All parts of this plant are poisonous. Zigadenus fremontii prefers well drained soils and dry summers. The leaves can grow to 18" and resemble the leaves of the Soaproot, Chlorogalum, though not as wavy. Fremont's Star Lily blooms through the Spring then goes dormant through the Summer months.

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Zigadenus fremontii