Erythronium plants 'trout lily' or 'dog tooth violets' such as E. revolutum E. dens-canis and E. californicum, are a popular spring flowering woodland plant (bulbous perennial) with over 20 species, mostly from the West coast of Northern America.
These wonderful flowering bulbs grow well in a humus rich soil in part shade, they naturally occur beneath deciduous trees, dry shade in summer sun in winter. Many gardeners grow erythroniums in pots or troughs where they can easily remove them for division, we like to grow them in the garden and let them naturalise, we just need to remember where we planted then.
With lovely mottled foliage to go with beautiful flowers Erythronium are a must for the shady area beneath a large tree. The tall growing Erythronium revolutum has wonderful pink flowers and is a standout.
A humus rich soil is best, try the shady side of the tree for best results when planting Erythroniums.
Once established erythroniums need little care. It is essential to leave the foliage on these plants as this is where they get the energy for next years flowers, similar to most bulbs.
Unlike many bulbs however erythronium do not like to dry out, so look for bulbs that have been kept moist when buying.
Yes you can grow them from seed, if you are patient. Be careful when digging as the bulbs are generally thin and can easily be damaged.
Are all Erythroniums simply known as 'Trout Lilies' ?
- Erythronium hendersonii is known as 'Henderson's Fawn Lily',
- Erythronium mesochoreum 'Midland Fawnlily'.
- Erythronium oregonum as the 'Giant Fawn Lily'.
- Erythronium umbilicatum is the 'Dimpled Trout Lily' .
- Erythronium rostratum as the 'Yellow Trout Lily'.
Erythronium Plants and Bulbs are available for sale from the following nurseries.
MINIATURE BULBS & WILDFLOWER BULBS
9 Greengate Drive, Knaresborough, HG5 9EN - Phone/Fax: 01423 542819¬?
Wide range of wildflower daffodils, tulipa, alliums, anemones, crocus, eranthus, erythroniums, fritillaria, ipheions, muscari, and triteleia.¬? Many are beautifully scented and some flower from February to June.¬? Mail order spring bulb specialists.
Wern Rhos Newchapel Boncath SA37 0EN - Tel/Fax 01239 842260
Retail, Mail Order Specialists, Online Webshop, Peat Free, Organic, Aquatic, Marginal and Bog Plants, Waterlilies, Hardy Geraniums, Ferns, Grasses, Shade & Woodland Perennials. Free online catalogue.
BALI-HAI MAIL ORDER NURSERY
42, Largy Road city: Carnlough, Ballymena Co.Antrim BT44 0EZ - phone: 00442828885289
Hosta specialist with over 1100+ varieties for sale. 100 Agapanthus varieties, 25 Phormium varieties, 80 Crocosmia varieties, 42 Rhodohypoxis varieties, plus Trilliums and many more cottage garden perennials shipping worldwide.
Bishops Hull Taunton TA4 1AE
Phone: 01823 286231 Fax:01823 323646
Includes:Erythroniun citronella, erythronium dens canis, erythronium revolutum, erythronium tuolumnense and others
Coldingham Eyemouth Berwickshire TD14 5TZ
Telephone 018907 71386 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
A small family run nursery 600 feet up in the Scottish borders specializing in Hardy orchids, Meconopsis, Gentians, Hepatica, Trillium and many other unusual alpine and shade loving perennials. We specialise in mail order across Europe.
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