Veratrum woodii J.W. Robbins

False Hellebore

Veratrum woodii plant

Family - Liliaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Veratrum woodii stemPubescence of the aerial stem.

Leaves - No info yet.

Veratrum woodii leaf

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Veratrum woodii inflorescence

Flowers - No info yet.

Veratrum woodii flowerFlower close-up.

Flowering - July - September.

Habitat - Mesic upland forests, typically on north and east-facing lower slopes, ravines.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This attractive and easily recognized species can be found mostly in the eastern half of Missouri but is apparently absent from the bootheel portion of the state. The plant is most often found as a basal rosette of large, spatulate leaves. The inflorescence is quite large and showy and can reach a height of -2 meters. The deep reddish-maroon flowers are abundant on the inflorescence.
This is a fairly common species along rocky, moist slopes in the Ozarks.

Photographs taken near Pultite Spring, Shannon County, MO., 7-23-04.