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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
Species
Exposure
Part Shade
Shade
Soil Moisture
Average
Ecoregion
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
Ornamental Interest
Spring Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Additional Attributes
Spring Ephemeral
Edible


North American Distribution