These dainty blooms are perfect for a lightly shaded area, or beneath deciduous trees. Soft, mauve pink nodding, reflexed flowers, 3-4cm across. The flowers open for many weeks and are sure to steal your heart.
The ornamental foliage emerges early spring, it is mid green with mahogany marbling. The leaves are oval shaped and grow 10-15cm long.
Erythronium dens-canis holds the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit which is a testament to their durability.
As woodland plants, Erythronium love a cool garden spot with moist, well drained soil – think Hostas. They require some shade so plant under deciduous trees or in a shaded rock garden. Water in, and keep moist during active growth, they don’t like to dry out.
The botanical name, Erythronium is from the Green; erythros meaning red for the foliage or some of the species blooms, and dens-canis – dens for tooth and canis for dog. The bulbs look a little like a dog’s tooth. Another common name is Trout Lily as the foliage is reminiscent of the fish shape and pattern.
Cool to Temperate
Unavailable in WA
Light shade to part sun