Trout Lily

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Trout Lily is the herald of spring in eastern woodlands, but this native wildflower also makes a gorgeous addition to any shade garden in zones 3-8. The plant’s name comes from its speckled green leaves (that resemble trout), and its nodding yellow flowers that look like miniature lilies. Plants can take up to four years to flower after planting, but the foliage is attractive enough that it’s worth the wait. (Erythronium)
Zones 3 - 8
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Mature Height 3-6" tall , 3-6" wide
Bloom TimeEarly to mid spring
Item Package SizeBag of 3

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

3-6" tall x 3-6" wide. Erythronium americanum (Trout Lily) is a common sight in the woodlands of eastern North America, but it's a beautiful early spring garden plant, as well. In the wild, plants grow in colonies formed from underground runners. In the home garden, colonies and clumps will develop if plants are left undisturbed. Plant the corms three inches deep in areas with partial to full shade in moist soil rich in organic matter. (Try to recreate the conditions of the forest floor.) Like other spring ephemerals, Trout Lily plants go dormant during the summer. Plant in the fall. 

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Item Package Size
Bag of 3
Common Name
Trout Lily, Dogtooth Violet
Botanical Name
Erythronium americanum
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
3-6" tall
Mature Spread
3-6" wide
Bloom Time
Early to mid spring
Planting Depth
Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As
Bare Root
Tongue-shaped glossy leaves are mottled with brown and purple.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet
Native, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest
Planting Time
Neonicotinoid Free
Item Unit
bare root
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