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Erythronium umbilicatum
@ Birmingham Botanic Gdn, AL

Erythronium umbilicatum

Trout Lily

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Item #: 7656

Zones: 6a to 9b, at least

Height: 4" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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This southeast US (West Virginia south to Florida) native spring ephemeral is a prized woodland wildflower. The 2" long ground-hugging, light green, freeze-resistant leaves are heavily covered with chocolate blotching. In early March, the clumps are topped with 4" stalks, each ending with large downward-facing, bright yellow flowers with a chocolate back. Although they go dormant by late spring, trout lilies continue to grow underground, and in a few years you should expect a 10" wide patch. Evenly moist woodland soils are best, although some drought in the dormant season isn't deleterious. If you purchase these for delivery after late March, you will only find the tiny (a flowering-sized tuber is only .25" long) dormant tubers...two to three per pot. These are seed grown nursery plants.