Mar. 5, 2022

California fawn lily, Erythronium californicum

Erythronium is a favorite genus of many a wildflower fancier. These spring woodland beauties are as close as we get to having native tulips. There are 27 species, all but one North American. Flowers come in white, yellow, and pink, or combinations of those. Reddish freckles sometimes pop out. Species east of the Rockies, and species from the Rocky Mountains westward seem to be two separate evolutionary lines. Few wildflower gardens will be without at least a sample of fawn lilies, trout lilies, dog-tooth-violets, or adder's-tongues. California fawn lilies occur in forests in northern CA. Edgewood Garden, Chester Co PA, 4/21/21. Lily family, Liliaceae.