The Main Plant entry for Erythroniums (Erythronium)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Erythroniums.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Leaves: Other: Leaves can be cooked as a leaf vegetable.
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Vegetable


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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.  Date: 2009-05-10A white variety that grew in the Riverview Nursery in the 1930's
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.  Date: 2008-04-27Unusual - a white throat. Not sure which variety this would be.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-03-25Trout lilies in the wild
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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 22, 2013 10:57 PM

"Erythronium (fawn lily, trout lily, dog's-tooth violet, adder's tongue) is a genus of 20–30 species of hardy spring-flowering perennial plants with long, tooth-like bulbs. Slender stems carry pendent flowers with recurved tepals in shades of cream, yellow, pink and mauve. Species are native to forests and meadows in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

They are also widely grown as ornamental plants, with numerous hybrids and cultivars having been selected for garden use. Popular cultivars include Erythronium 'Pagoda', E. 'Sundisc', E. 'Joanna', E. 'Kondo', E. 'Citronella', E. californicum 'White Beauty', and E. 'Rosalind'. Propagation is best by seed in autumn or by division of bulbs, depending on species. Some species propagate vegetatively. The plant is also great as a ground cover, as it will spread over several years."

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