Bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

Bluebead lily photograph;  MN DNR, Welby Smith

Native perennial. In June, a small cluster of yellow, lily-like flowers develops at the tip of the slender stalk, followed by blue berries. The leathery leaves at the base remain throughout the summer. The fruit is inedible, possibly toxic, though early spring leaves are edible. Common in sandy soils. The species name borealis is Latin for ?northern.?