Erythronium “Pagoda” Back to Plants
Fairly small plant, from 10-16” tall. Each plant produces from 3 to 6 large glossy broad green leaves with brown markings ,the flower stems appear 3-4 weeks later from the center of the clump, from 6-14” tall green stems with 1 to 4 or more nodding Turk’s Cap lily-shaped flowers, light yellow with a brown ring at the heart. They persist in the spring landscape for 4-6 weeks, yellow off and go dormant when it gets hot. They like it mild and fairly damp, native spots would be on banks of streams where they are quite wet and protected from wind, the large leaves will burn easily if not protected from strong winds and sun. This is a hybrid, mostly E. Revolutum, native to the west coast of USA. Corms are shaped like large canine teeth have very thin papery skins and will dry out quite rapidly leaving only the skeleton, plant shallow 2-3” deep in damp protected areas, will multiply quite rapidly if happy. Also available Tuolemnense and white beauty.
Hardy zones 6-8. with some winter protection.
If you familiarize yourself with the origin and natural growing conditions of these plants, you can avoid a great many costly mistakes. For instance, a plant that originates from a harsh land-climate will not do well in a tropical or sub-tropical climate, although it might prosper on higher elevations in such a climate.