Friday, August 9, 2013

Red Car Canyon: Belladonna Lily

Photo: Diane Edwardson, August 9, 2013.  Non-native, but scenic Belladonna Lilies seem to pop up out of nowhere, bloom, then grow leaves long after the flowers are gone.  Last year's leaves are the long, thick dried leaves stretching out several feet from the left of the stem.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

According to CalFlora, Belladonna Lilies (Amaryllis belladonna) is minorly toxic, causing dermatitis.

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.