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Nursery for the Earth

Erythronium americanum (Fr: érythrone d'Amérique| En: Yellow Trout Lily)

Regular price $10.00 CAD
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I know spring has truly arrived when the carpet of mottled trout lily leaves cover acres upon acres of forests at our farm.

Interestingly these plants can have red-purple pollen, or yellow pollen. There have been really interesting studies around Ottawa to look at why that is!

Its mottled leaves are beautiful even when the plant is not flowering. This is a good trait as in shady areas only a small share will flower in any given year, though more will if given more sun. The flowers themselves have two forms with either yellow or orange anthers, there has been research on this trait and apparently the two attract different pollinators. As such this may be an example of a species beginning to separate. 

This plant is available as bulbs in bags of 6 bulbs. They can be planted at any time but should not be allowed to dry out.

Height: 10-15 cm

Flowering: April-June

Habitat: Deciduous forests

Sun requirements: Full Shade, Part shade

Moisture requirements: Moderate

Soil requirements: Rich