Veratrum californicum
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Veratrum californicum

false hellebore
California corn lily

  family melanthiaceae 
  genus veratrum 

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Genus  Veratrum Species  californicum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  false hellebore   California corn lily Family  MELANTHIACEAE Specimen number  S5074 Data source  MedPl p279;Poison p78
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Erect Overall height  3' - 6' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Whole plant Poisonous indications  It contains highly toxic alkaloids that affect the heart and nervous system. Internal poison  yes Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  contraceptive Medicinal parts  Rootstock Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  It is highly toxic Medicinal notes  Veratrum californicum has been traditionally used as a contraceptive. False hellebore (sometimes called California corn lily) should only be used under professional guidance. Only the rootstock is used in herbal preparations. It is highly toxic. This whole plant is toxic. It is poisonous if ingested. It contains highly toxic alkaloids that affect the heart and nervous system.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Veratrum californicum is a perennial. Flowers: False hellebore (locally known in some parts as California corn lily) has flowers in a terminal panicle; the petals are marked at the base with a green V-shape. The flowers are typically of a white color.

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