Wet areas from sea level to alpine meadows (3).
Local occurrence (where, how common)
Commonly abundant at subalpine elevations in cold wet meadows (3).
Wet thickets, meadows, bogs, and swamp (3).
In subalpine meadow ecosystems: Tsuga mertensiana, Polygonum bistortoides, Castilleja spp., Mimulus lewisii, Pedicularis spp., Erythronium montanum, Pulsatilla occidentalis, Lupinus lepidus (1).
May be collected as:
Divisions, seeds (2).
Collection restrictions or guidelines
Because these plants grow in wet areas, especially subalpine meadows with fragile plants and short growing season, it is imperative to minimize impact while collecting both seeds and vegetative parts.
Cold stratification improves germination rates (5).
Vegetative parts: divisions of rootmass (2). Little information was available on seed propagation.
Soil or medium requirements
Acidic soil. Sand, loam, or clay will work if plant is given adequate moisture (2).
Recommended planting density
24-36 inches (2).
Care requirements after installed
Water daily. Plant is native to wet areas and requires wet soils for survival (2).
Normal rate of growth or spread; lifespan
2. Plants Database. ‘Veratrum viride’: http://plantsdatabase.com/go/53080/
3. Pojar, J. and A.
MacKinnon. Plants of the
4. Washington State Native Plant Society ‘Veratrum viride’:
5. Young, J. and Cheryl G. Young. Collecting, Processing, and Germinating Seeds
Plants. Timber Press,
Data compiled by Sacha Johnson,