Clintonia borealis – Bluebead Lily – Corn Lily –


Clintonia –

There are about 5 species of rhizomatous herbaceous perennials, in this genus. They occur from woodland in the Himalayas, Eastern Asia, and North America. The have basal clumps of smooth, elliptic to broadly ovate, smooth edged, glossy, pale to mid green leaves. It bears bell to star shaped, 6 petalled flowers, are carried on upright stems in spikes or racemes or umbels, or occasionally singly,, they are followed by spherical, fleshy berries. Grow in a woodland garden.

Grow in leafy, fertile, humus rich, moist, neutral to acidic soil in partial or full shade. Mulch with leaf mold or compost in spring. Divide in spring.

Prone to rust, snails and slugs.

C. borealis – Bluebead Lily – Corn Lily – This clump forming perennial from Eastern and Central North America grows 6-12″ tall and 8″ wide. It produces inversely lance shaped to obovate, glossy, pale green leaves, 4-12″ long, fringed with minute hairs. In late spring and early summer it bears loose, terminal umbels of nodding, bell shaped, yellowish white or greenish yellow flowers, to 3/4″ long, followed by blue or white berries.

Zones 2-7