Please note: Spring ephemeral. These bulbs come up, bloom early, and go into dormancy during hot weather. If purchased for spring delivery they will be either coming out of dormancy or actively growing in mid-spring. If purchased late-spring through fall they will either be going into dormancy or be fully dormant and will not grow until the following spring.
Soil: Hydric (Moist) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Part Sun – Shade
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Season: April – May
Suggested Uses: Adder’s Tongue (otherwise known as White Trout Lily) is a beautiful, delicate addition to any woodland garden. It can take several years for White Trout Lilies to flower and even then, they don’t flower every year. They are an important component of any woodland. They store nutrients in the early spring and release them slowly once they enter dormancy, making them available to other woodland species.
Native Range: Native to the Midwest.
Pollinators: Bees. An important early-spring bloom for pollinators.
Flowers: Produces a single, small, nodding white or light pink flower arising from the middle of the plant and droops toward the ground. The flower is 1″ wide with 3 petals, 3 sepals, and 6 stamens with brown anthers.
Leaves: 1-2 basal elliptical leaves which are blue-green with dark splotches. The leaves are 2-8″ long.
Other Names: White Trout Lily
More information: USDA plant profile