Veratrum formosanum BSWJ 1575 ex Taiwan

Corn lily


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An uncommon little jewel from the mountains of Taiwan, these are 2nd generation plants from the original wild collection by the Wynn-Jones back in the early 90's. Chris Chadwell had distributed seeds from this early expedition of theirs and and we received a packet and the offspring from these original few seeds are the origins of virtually all plants of this species in the US. It always intrigues us to watch the integration of a plant into horticulture from a plant we introduce. Unlike our native colossal Veratrum, this is relatively demure with neat tussocks of low grassy foliage. This blooms young with deep maroon flowers on gray-green stems. Deer hate Veratrum and good to zone 4 up to zone 8b.


Plant Type

  • Perennial / Bulb

Mature Size


Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 4a (-30 °F)
  • Zone 4b (-25 °F)
  • Zone 5a (-20 °F)
  • Zone 5b (-15 °F)
  • Zone 6a (-10 °F)
  • Zone 6b (-5 °F)
  • Zone 7a (0 °F)
  • Zone 7b (5 °F)
  • Zone 8a (10 °F)
  • Zone 8b (15 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Part Shade - Part Sun

Water Needs

  • Moist
  • Moderate

Bloom Time

  • Summer
  • Deer Resistant Plants