Fly Poison
Amianthium muscaetoxicum

Family: Melanthiaceae
Genus: Amianthium (am-ee-AN-thee-um) (Info)
Species: muscaetoxicum (mus-kai-TOKS-ee-kum) (Info)

Category:

Bulbs

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Collins, Mississippi

San Augustine, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 23, 2009, redcamaro350ss from Statesville, NC wrote:

The plant does like moist soil... but being a native to the south-east it is also drought tolerant and clay tolerant. It is extremely poisonous so care should be taken when handling/planting this perennial. I have had it in a garden setting after rescuing a plant from a golf course from being weed-eated. Takes a while to establish but is somewhat difficult to kill once it is there. Have to be careful about pets. Eating part of the plant could result in death. Most animals leave it alone before ingesting a fatal amount due to the foul taste.

Positive

On Nov 18, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

In Florida, this poisonous plant of the lily family is found in pine flatwoods and bogs only in the Panhandle. Its moisture requirements are high.