Family:
Nartheciaceae
Toxins:
glycosides saponins
Flower Color:
  • flower color
  • flower color
Type:
herb
Found:
fields, waterside, upland

Time of Greatest Risk

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Geographical Distribution

Bog asphodel distribution - United States

Bog Asphodel

Narthecium ossifragum

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Bog asphodel (Narthecium ossifragum) is a perennial herb with a creeping rhizome. The species name of “ossifragum” meaning bone breaker, derives from the observation that sheep grazing where Bog Asphodel grows had brittle bones.

Toxic components
All parts of N. ossifragum contains steroidal saponins and furanones. The steroidal saponins are hepatotoxic, causing liver damage. For several hundred years N. ossifragum has been associated with photosensitvity and liver damage in grazing livestock in Europe