There are about 26 species of Erthroniums distributed around the Northern Hemisphere, with the majority of them coming from western USA. The one most familiar to us is the “Old World species (Europe) E. dens canis. It has the common name of dog’s tooth violet. Not because of the colour of the flower but due to the white colour and shape of the bulb said to resemble a dog’s tooth.
The Western USA erythroniums can be split into two groups, those with mottled leaves and those with plain leaves. The ones with mottled leaves are generally considered the most beautiful, and certainly the leaves themselves add greatly to their beauty. Those from foothill woodlands with mottled leaves bloom in the spring and are dormant in the summer. Those from high elevation meadows have green leaves, summer flowers and are dormant in winter.
This species comes from Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. It does well in part shade, humus rich soil.It is important to keep the soil moist during the growing season. Summer dormant and drought tolerant.
The bulb produces multiple branching stems, glossy green foliage with dark mottling and white to cream tepals with a yellow base in spring. 8-18” high. This bulbous plant spreads by bulbels growing at the end of stolons.
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