Trout Lily

Erythronium americanum

A beloved spring ephemeral, Trout Lily is named for its maroon-mottled leaves, which appear in early spring in woodlands and shade gardens. The mottled leaves give rise to slender stalks with lovely nodding yellow flowers …

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Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil Moisture Medium, Moist
Sun Exposure Partial, Shade
Height 6"
Bloom Color Yellow
Bloom Time Apr, May
Spacing 1'
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Root Type Bulb

A beloved spring ephemeral, Trout Lily is named for its maroon-mottled leaves, which appear in early spring in woodlands and shade gardens. The mottled leaves give rise to slender stalks with lovely nodding yellow flowers. Trout Lily should be planted where it will receive the warmth of the sun in early spring, and where the soil will be consistently moist during its flowering season. Erythronium americanum spreads gradually to form large colonies on rich, medium to moist soil, and can take a few years to flower.

After the plants finish blooming, leave the foliage in place - do not cut back. The leaves will naturally fade into dormancy by mid-summer and disappear from view entirely, leaving space for other perennials. When the colony become very dense with leaves and produces fewer flowers the clumps should be divided. Mulch the planting area with leafy material in the fall and leave covered through winter. Also known as Dogtooth Violet, it is a true lily.

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Planting and Cultivation Notes
We recommend planting ephemerals in early fall while the soil is still warm, or in early spring. Spring installations will have some time to develop before summer dormancy, but will not produce flowers the first year. An early fall planting allows the roots time to establish properly before winter, and gives the plants a stronger start the following spring. This woodland species appreciates a generous application of leaf mulch in the fall.