Trout Lily - Erythronium americanum

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February 27 2012

The sight of trout lilies poking through last autumn’s leaves is surely a sign for others wildflowers to appear.

This early bloomer appears briefly in the spring, often before all the snow and ice has left the ground. It is a common wildflower of eastern Canada’s deciduous — and sometimes mixed — woods but can adapt to partially shaded areas of many gardens.

Trout lilies are low-growing plants that form colonies of plants of different ages. The youngsters are flowerless and have only one leaf, while older plants produce two leaves and a single flower. A plant’s corm has to reach sufficient depths (10 to 20 centimetres below ground) before it will devote energy to making the additional parts.

Despite being a low-growing plant that can easily blend in with its environment, the trout lily’s fleshy green leaves with purple mottling make it easy to recognize. Its graceful yellow flower sits atop a solitary stem and droops towards the ground. Its petals, however, curl upwards, revealing the bright yellow of the inner petals. As a member of the lily family, the trout lily displays a common characteristic of having three petals and three petal-like sepals.

•Native to: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia
•Habitat: Moist woods and meadows
•Appearance: Yellow flower, blooming anywhere from March to May, atop a pair of purply-brown mottled leaves.

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Taken: April 30 2011
Kitchener,Ontario, Canada

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