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Amianthium muscitoxicum - (Walter.)A.Gray.

Common Name Fly Poison
Family Melanthiaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are highly toxic, containing the alkaloids jervine and amianthine[200, 270]
Habitats Dry or mesic wooded slopes, meadows and savannas from sea level to1500 metres[270].
Range Southeastern N. America - New York to Florida.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Amianthium muscitoxicum Fly Poison


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Amianthium muscitoxicum Fly Poison

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Amianthium muscitoxicum is a BULB growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Beetles. The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Skin.

Native Cherokee used the plant as a dermatological cure for itch[270].

Other Uses

Insecticide.

Root extracts mixed with molasses or honey have been used as a housefly insecticide[270].

Cultivation details

Prefers a deep rich moisture-retentive soil in partial shade[200]. Plants like plenty of moisture in the spring and summer when they are in full growth[200]. Grows well in a woodland garden[200].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[134]. The seed can also be sown in a cold frame in spring[134]. It usually germinates in 1 - 6 months at 15°c, but it can be erratic[138]. Sow the seed thinly so that it does not need to be thinned and allow the seedlings to grow on undisturbed for their first year. Give an occasional liquid feed to ensure that the plants do not become nutrient deficient. When the plants are dormant in late summer, pot up the small bulbs putting 2 - 3 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on for another one or two years in a cold frame before planting them out when dormant in late summer.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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(Walter.)A.Gray.

Botanical References

200270

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Readers comment

Egle   Sun Jul 27 2008

Hi where in Europe we can buy that flower? Thank you Egle

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