Amianthium muscaetoxicum / Lily Family
Height: To 36"
May 23, 2005
Early settlers crushed the bulbs of these plants and mixed the juice with sugar, which killed flies that feasted on the mix. "Muscaetoxicum" means "fly poison." This picture was taken on the Oak / Hickory trail at the University of Tennessee Arboretum in Oak Ridge. The non-blooming plants could be confused with long-leaved grass.
Where seen: University of Tennessee Arboretum, Great Smoky Mountains NP