Trout lily

The foliage for this flower carpets the forest floor, but I never find many flowering:

The botanical name is Erythronium americanum. The reason for the fishy name is that the foliage is supposed to resemble the patterns on trout. Soon this spot will have dozens of bluebells, trillium, wood poppy, and other flowers.

6 thoughts on “Trout lily

  1. Every time I come across the name ‘trout lily,’ I can’t help thinking of Trout Fishing in America. I do see the resemblance of the leaves to a trout’s skin, but that flower’s the attraction. I had hoped to see some this year, as they can be found in east Texas, but I’m sure it’s too late at this point. It looks rather smaller than some of our lilies, but your composition still picks up those marvelous, small details.

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