Chamaelirium luteum

Fairy wand is native to moist, acidic soils in shaded areas of meadows, woods and thickets in eastern North America. It is dioecious, needing both sexes to produce seed, but will spread via rhizome. It is either threatened or endangered in NY state; the Natural Heritage program states that forest succession is causing a decline in populations that may shift this species definitively to endangered. The rhizome has also been overcollected for medicinal use. If you see it in bloom, it is claimed to be unmistakable. Please do not disturb any site where you find it in NYS.

Plant Information

Common Name(s): 
Devil's Bit
Fairy Wand
Type: 
Native
Herbaceous Plants - Annuals, Biennials, Perennials
Status: 
Critically imperilled (S1)
Moisture: 
Moist
Wet
Light: 
Sun
Part Sun
Soil: 
Humus-rich Woodland

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