Yellow Corn-Lily, Bluebead Lily, Blue Bead Lily, Dogberry

Clintonia borealis

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clintonia (klin-TOH-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: borealis (bor-ee-AL-is) (Info)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Munising, Michigan

West Branch, Michigan

Claremont, Minnesota

Isle, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Summit, New York

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Blacksburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 7, 2006, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I have one clump that was divided with the second clump put a short distance away. Ordinarly, when I got the plant, I planted it on the north side of a oak, maybe black oak? and it multiply into a thick clump about 5 inches square area. When I have the local garden club come over, they were talking about this plant. That suprised me, as I see it in large natural areas like hardwood forests and boreal forests as scattered clumps, usually individuals plants but I don't see it too often in gardens. The soil that it grows in is sandy and on the neutral side.


On Dec 15, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a very common native wildflower in woodland areas of Newfoundland. Plants have lovely glossy foliage, similar to lily-of-the-valley. It makes a lovely groundcover in partly shaded to fully shaded areas. The cluster of 2-4 yellow-green flowers in May-June are followed by matt navy-blue berries.


On Sep 7, 2004, sparkyann2 from Madison, ME wrote:

This plant grows wild in Maine. I have located it in the damp light shaded areas among the pines.


On Aug 16, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

The berries are said to be mildly toxic. The young leaves can be used to make a pleasant addition to a salad.