Chamaelirium luteum (L.) Gray

formerly Helonias scabiosa

Blazing-Star, Fairywand

Names and Myths

Chamaelirium dwarf lily

luteum yellow

The name is seems to be based on the dried specimen, for the flowers are white not yellow, and the plant is not dwarf.2

Natural history / Folklore

Shade loving plant of damp open woods. Desirable for cultivation in a woodland garden.46 The roots were used as a uterine tonic in amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea and leukorrhea.2


Stalk wand-like with a slender inflorescence of unisexual white flowers.

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