Wildflowers of New York

Veratrum viride

A photographic collection and brief reference to help identify Wildflowers found in New York

False Hellebore
- Veratrum viride


Lily Family AKA: Indian Poke

Although False Hellebore has been used as a medicinal plant it is highly toxic and can lead to death if ingested. First effects are nausea and vomiting.

It's reportedly been used by some native American tribes to select a new leader. Candidates would eat some root and the last one to vomit would become the new leader. Too bad modern politics doesn't use the same method with only one difference, with duct tape covering all candidate's mouths.

Found: Wet woods, swamps, stream banks
Height: 2 - 8 feet
May - July bloom time

False Hellebore

False Hellebore

False Hellebore