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Trout Lily

SKU: AM014840
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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)
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Botanical Name
Erythronium americanum
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Native, Naturalizes, Rock Gardens
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Mature Height
3-6" tall
Bloom Time
Early to mid spring


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.