A perennial growing from onion-like bulbs. Gray to green grass-like leaves with spikes of broad, star-shaped, greenish-white flowers.
Also known as white camas and mountain deathcamas. Also called Anticlea elegans outside of North America. Member of the lily family. This plant is a glacial relic which remained after the Pleistocene ice sheets retreated.
Some sources report this species to be highly toxic while others maintain mild toxicity.
Starts from seed.
Ditches, meadows and well drained slopes.
North American aboriginals call this plant quamash; IE: plants that bear bulbs used for food.
Although not used as a nectar source, the Dakota Skipper flight period coincides with the flowering of smooth camus.