Sunday, August 7, 2011

Red Car Canyon: Belladonna Lily

Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 5, 2011.  Non-native Belladonna Lilies seem to spring up out of nowhere in Red Car Canyon and throughout the neighborhood.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Once the flowers have finished blooming, long leaves sprout from the bulb at the base of the stem. 

Belladonna Lilies are considered minorly toxic by Calflora, causing dermatitis and vomiting.  

Disclaimer: The Corralitas Red Car Property Blog prefers to quote reliable sources, such as Calflora and California Poison Control, on the issue of toxicity. We often get email suggesting some plants are edible. If you are eating your way through the Red Car Property, we DO NOT recommend you eat any plant you find in the Red Car Property neighborhood without first doing your own research.