Lily – Yellow Trout

Erythronium americanum

Family Lily (Liliaceae)
Bloom Spring
Habitat Deciduous forest
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 5-10″
Flower Each stalk produces a single hanging yellow flower about 1″ wide. Each flower has 6 backward-curving petals (actually 3 petals and 3 petal-like sepals).
Leaf There are a pair of elliptical, pointed basal leaves up to 8″ long with brownish pruple spots and streaks giving it a mottled look.
Notes The name “trout” comes from its mottled leaves which resemble the coloring of a Brown Trout. It reproduces mostly by underground bulbs and is quite common in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore forests. It may take up to 7 years for a plant to mature enough to flower.

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