Page author: David Giblin
Anticlea elegans
glaucous death camas

Distribution: In the Olympic Mountains of Washington and across the northern border east of the Cascacdes crest; Alaska to Oregon, south in the Rockies to New Mexico, east across Canada and the northern United States to Virginia.

Habitat: Meadow, open forests and rocky slopes, mid- to high elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous perennial herbs from an onion-like bulb, the simple stem 1.5-7 dm. tall.


Leaves mostly basal, linear, glaucous, 1-2.5 dm. long and 2-15 mm. broad; cauline leaves few, reduced upward.


Inflorescence from a few-flowered raceme to a many-flowered, freely-branched panicle over 3 dm. long; pedicels 1-3.5 cm. long, ascending; perianth greenish-white, the 6 tepals spreading, distinct, ovate to oblong-obovate, obtuse, 8-11 mm. long, not clawed; the yellowish gland at the base of each tepal obcordate; stamens 6, about as long as the tepals; styles 3, distinct, about 3 mm. long.


Capsule 15-20 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Anticlea elegans (Pursh) Rydb.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Anticlea coloradensis (Rydb.) Rydb.
Zigadenus alpinus Blank.
Zigadenus elegans Pursh ssp. elegans [KZ99]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Anticlea elegans in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Anticlea elegans checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Anticlea elegans atlas page.

CalPhotos: Anticlea elegans photos.

USDA Plants: Anticlea elegans information.

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