A word to the wise, Don’t confuse “blue” berries

Blue Bead Lily

At this time of the year the name Blue Bead Lily makes sense. The bright blue berries of this plant are everywhere in the woods right now. Don’t get them confused with Blueberries – the berries from this lily are poisonous.


In spring, the flower of this plant is quite beautiful. They are in flower right before the Mocassin Flower Orchids start blooming. The scientific name of this plant is Clintonia borealis. New York Governor DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828) is credited with the name. He was an early naturalist and he’s most famous for the promotion of the construction of the Erie Canal.

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