More Information About Erythronium
The genus Erythronium contains about 20 species of tulip relatives native to North America and Eurasia. Erythronium species have tongue-shaped leaves. Some leaves are mottled with brown or purple trout-like spots, others are dappled with fawn-like white spots and some are plain green. The former two groups are more highly sought after by rabid dog's-tooth violet fans.
Underground, Erythronium plants produce tooth-shaped bulbs. Some Erythronium species have edible and apparently tasty bulbs and leaves but other species are slightly toxic and are used as a contraceptive and emetic.
Erythronium are woodland or meadow plants and prefer humus-rich, well-drained soil. Plant your Erythronium bulbs where they will receive ample sunlight in March and April, but progressively more shade later on. Erythronium flowers are held in a downward-facing position at the tip of a j-shaped flower stalk. Most erythroniums flower in early spring and go summer dormant, so don't freak out when they "die" in July. When you're ready to buy erythroniums for your perennial garden, check out our online selection of erythronium for sale.