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 mid spring. If purchased late spring through fall they will either be going into dormancy or they will be dormant and will not grow until the following spring.
Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Season: May
Suggested Uses: Yellow Trout Lily is a lovely addition to the woodland garden, especially for the collector. Flowers arise from a bulb and then die back to the ground as the days get longer and warmer.
Native Range: Native to the eastern half of the U.S.
Pollinators: Bees. An important early-spring bloom for pollinators.
Flowers: The solitary nodding flower is 1-1.5″ wide with 3 petals, 3 sepals, and 6 stamens with brown anthers. These flowers are larger than those of many other Erythronium species.
Leaves: The basal leaves are 4-8″ long, elliptical and mottled green. There are usually 1-2 leaves per plant.
Food Uses: The young leaves can be cooked and served with vinegar. The corms (roots) can be boiled and served with butter.
Name: The name “trout” probably refers to the mottled color of its leaves.
Other Names: Dogtooth Violet
More Information: USDA plant profile