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Identify wildflower with blue berries?

Posted by kea2351 MA (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 23, 06 at 7:54

In the last few weeks while hiking in wooded areas of MA and VT, we have noticed plants with ripe navy blue berries. The leaves resemble labyslipper leaves and the berries(2-4/plant) are on a stem about 6-8 inches above the broad leaves. Any ideas what this plant is?

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RE: Identify wildflower with blue berries?

Probably Blue Bead Lily (Clintonia borealis). It should be fairly common up there.


Here is a link that might be useful: Bead Lily

RE: Identify wildflower with blue berries?

Thanks, that looks like it. Doesn't sound like it would be easy to get to grow in our wildflower patch.

RE: Identify wildflower with blue berries?

Not the easiest of plants to grow in cultivation, but can be accomplished. Many years ago I ordered some Clintonia umbellulata from a small family owned native plant nursery in the southern Appalachians (now OOB) and they sent C. borealis by mistake. (both are native in that area). They grew and flowered for a number of years, but never produced any seedlings. Whether they didn't germinate or were carried away by birds and/or rodents, I can't say. One spring, they didn't return and that was the end!

RE: Identify wildflower with blue berries?

Nice bright berries, don't eat them, they're poisonous.

Here is a link that might be useful: wildflowers/for nature lovers

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