Connecticut Plants
Devil's Bit (Fairy Wand)
Chamaelirium luteum (L.) Gray

Devil's bit is endangered in Connecticut.

  • Family: bunchflower (Melanthiaceae)
  • Habitat: moist meadows, edges of woods
  • Height: 1 to 3 feet
  • Flower size: 1/4 inch wide, in spikes up to 12 inches long
  • Flower color: white
  • Flowering time: May to June
  • Origin: native

Devil's bit has male (staminate) and female (pistillate) flowers on separate plants. This is a typical female plant, with a flower spike taller and straigher than that of male plants. Photographed in early June in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.


This is a typical male plant, with a curved flower spike. Photographed in early June in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.


Female flowers. The green knob in the center of each flower is the ovary, which, if the flower is pollinated, will develop into a seed capsule.


Immature seed capsules of devil's bit. Photographed in late July in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.


Male flowers.