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Erythronium americanum

trout lily, dog-tooth violet

Trout lilies are sturdy little spring ephemerals, slowly forming colonies as years pass. After four to seven years, double-leaved flowering individuals will arise in a patch, yielding a marvelous reward for the patient gardener.Trout lilies require high light conditions in the early season and are thus best planted under deciduous trees.

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Height: 2-5 in
Spread: 4-10 in
Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Bloom Color: Yellow

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Spring Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance
Spring Ephemeral

North American Distribution

trout lily - Erythronium americanum from Native Plant Trust
trout lily - Erythronium americanum from Native Plant Trust