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Clintonia borealis - Bluebead Lily

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Sun Exposure: Part Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Soil Moisture: Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry

Soil Type: Sand-Loam, Loam, Loam-Clay

Height: 1 foot

Spread: 3 foot

Blooms: May, June

Root: Rhizome

Habitat: Conifer, mixed wood, and hardwood forests. 

Landscape uses: Shady garden, Woodland planting, Naturalization 

Complimentary Plants: Wild Columbine, Virginia Bleubells, White Snakeroot

Wildlife Value: Bees, flies and beetles use the pollen and nectar as nutrition. Birds and small mammals eat the berries.

Seed Origin: Midland, Ontario

Germination Code: C(60), F

Clintonia borealis - Bluebead Lily

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  • In late spring, the plant produces 3-6 pale yellow, drooping, bell-like flowers. In midsummer, after the plant blooms, Bluebead Lily is so named as it produces fruit in the form of berries that transition from green to white, and ultimately to a deep porcelain blue. The berries stand out in sharp contrast to the greens and browns of the forest floor. 

    Clintonia's rather flexible soil and site requirements means that it can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including conifer, mixed wood, and hardwood forests. It can grow in a variety of shaded habitats, including dry to moist woods of all types, bogs, swamps, and rocky slopes.

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