Blue-Bead Lily (Clintonia borealis)
Bloom time: May – June
Leaves & Twigs: Leaves are oval, 15-30 cm long.
Flowers & Fruits:
- Flowers are yellowish-green.
- The stem rises to a height of 15-40 cm, and has three to six star-shaped, nodding flowers at the top.
- The fruit is small (about 1 cm), shiny and very blue, appearing later in the summer.
Habitat: Moist deciduous or mixed coniferous woodlands with rich soil.
PlantWatch Pointers: Select a typical patch of plants, if the plants are very abundant, mark off a l-metre-square section to observe.
- First bloom: when the first flowers are open in the observed plants.
- Mid bloom: when 50% of the flowers are open in the observed plants.
This species is monitored in:
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
The fruit of this lily is poisonous to humans although chipmunks can eat it.