Atamasco lily (Zephyranthes atamasca)
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Species: Zephyranthes atamasca
Common Name: Atamasco lily
Status: Endangered, Maryland;
Range: Canada, United States
Artist: Julie Martinez
Artist Home Country: United States
Medium: Gouache, colored pencil
This fragrant lily, although beautiful, is also poisonous. It contains alkaloids that are showing promise for their anti-cancer properties. Flowering in the spring after warm, soaking rains, its population is considered to be in rapid decline in Florida.
A specimen of Atamasco lily (Zephyranthes atamasca) from the museum's herbarium collection: