Fly Poison (Amianthium muscaetoxicum)

Fly Poison

By William T. Hathaway

Fly Poison (Amianthium muscaetoxicum) is a member of the Lily Family. The shape of its flowering head should make it easy to identify. In Pittsylvania County it grows mostly in open woodlands and low sandy areas during June and July.

This species contains a powerful substance capable of killing livestock. Sugar mixed with the contents of its crushed bulb has been used to kill flies; the specific name muscaetoxicum is made up from the Latin for flies (muscae) and poison (toxicum).

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