Fawn Lily, Trout Lily, Dog Tooth Violet, Dog Tooth Lily

The genus includes about 20 species primarily from North America. All are spring flowering and typically have leaves that are mottled with brown or white.

The genus name comes from the Greek word, erythros, which means "red" and refers to a red flowered species that was used for a dye. These plants emerge from a segmented corm in the ground.


Erythronium albidum White Trout Lily,
White Fawn Lily
E. americanum  
E. dens-canis Dog Tooth Violet
E. grandiflorum  
E. revolutum  
E. tuolumnense Tuolumne County Fawn Lily

Species Hgt (in) Flower Color Mottled Leaves?
E. albidum 6-12 white Yes
E. americanum 6-9 Yellow Yes
E. dens-canis 4-6 Purple Yes
E. grandiflorum 12-24 Yellow No
E. revoluturn 10-16 Varied Yes

* Guides and Keys are from the book "Herbaceous Perennial Plants A Treatise on their Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes" by Dr Allan M. Armitage of the University of Georgia. Varsity Press, Athens, Georgia. 1989 ISBN 0-942375-00. More on Dr Armitage and his other books.


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