Corn Lily Wildflowers Found in Oregon
Corn Lily (Indian Hellebore, Green False Hellebore)

Veratrum californicum (Veratrum viride) - We have a number of these growing in our pasture. They are deadly poison, to eat even a small portion will result in unconsciousness and then death. "However, John Hopkins School of Medicine have been doing trials on a compound "cyclopamine" which comes from Corn Lily. They have had promising results particularly in regards to certain skin cancer and brain tumors. Apparently the researchers have had difficulty obtaining samples of it (so I have been told)." From Robert of Toowoomba, Australia. A pharmaceutical company from Idaho called about our corn lily. They were pleased to find them growing this far west. In 2006 we discovered at least 6 of these growing in our pasture.

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