Etymology: Zigadenus: derived from Greek zugon, "yoke," and aden, "gland"
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-24" tall forb, smooth; from a bulb
Leaves: mostly basal, grass-like, up to slightly more than 1/3" wide
Flowers: white to yellowish, 6-parted, 3/4" wide, star-shaped, dark or yellow spots near the center, unpleasant odor; inflorescence a 4"-12" tall, loose, usually branched cluster (panicle) of stalked flowers; blooms July-Aug.
Habitat: beaches, prairies, bogs in coniferous forests; in limy, sandy soil
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9, Wetland Indicator = FACW WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos