Erythronium revolutum

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Gene Mirro
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Erythronium revolutum

Nice sturdy plants this year, in spite of the cold, wet weather so far. Growing on a raised bed in the shade of a honey locust tree. They get full morning sun.

Flower detail:

If you think it's another species, please post. I always need help with ID.

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Joined: 2009-12-15

I can't help you with names but they are stately plants!

Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Joined: 2011-04-03

They are beautiful.  I heard these are the only plants that commit suicide...their bulbs bury themselves so deep they stop blooming.  Is this a "wives tale"?

I live in Baltimore, Md. zone7 and have a woodland garden....for over 30 I am old.

Gene Mirro
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Ncole, I've been growing them for over 20 years, and I haven't seen that happen.

SW Washington state, 600 ft. altitude

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Gene...really gorgeous plants! Good for you! I've got a few E. americanum here and sometimes they don't bloom..but it seems like the more mottled the leaves the better the blooming.
I purchased a couple of E. toluimense (sp?) from Brent & Becky's Bulbs this spring...looking forward to seeing them bllom, hopefully this year. :)

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

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My Dad has several absolutely gorgeous patches of Erythronium revolutum growing under deciduous trees.  They are seeding around and are quite spectacular when in full bloom.  I need to get over there one of these days and get a picture.  You can usually get revolutum seed from the NARGS seed exchange.


Jan Jeddeloh, Portland, Oregon, USA, Zone 8.  Rainy winters (40 inches or 1 meter) and pleasant dry summers which don't start until July most years!

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I love Erytronium...I have to purchase this one...I have three pinks...dens-canis, japonicum and siberica but sorely lacking revolutum.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Gene Mirro
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Joined: 2010-02-25

Todd, I could send some bulbs, but I don't know if the Canadian plant police would allow that.  Do you want some seeds?  I'm kind of skeptical that the western species would make it outside in your cryogenic winter temperatures.  Maybe they would be OK in a 32 degree F greenhouse or potted up and stored at 40F indoors.

SW Washington state, 600 ft. altitude

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Joined: 2010-07-02

In bloom here currently ...

I presume they are or have some E.revolutum in their genes..... :-\

Being woodlanders they associate well with Trilliums and Anemones.

Not sure about the second last one...

Like Trilliums i try and grow as much seed of Erythroniums as i can lay my hands on.

Cheers Dave

Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Michael J Campbell
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"WOW", magnificent.  :o

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

Lewisias, alpines ,South African bulbs

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Don't remember seeing colored Erythroniums growing up in Victoria, BC, but we children used to pick the white ones - dens canis? - that grew in abundance.  I do have the yellow one with the mottled leaves which they call "trout lily", but the bulbs seemed to have buried themselves and only one or two flowers come up in the spring.  White ones cover a hillside at the Western University here growing under deciduous trees (Cercis).  Having something growing here that I remember from Victoria is quite a pleasure and, at the moment, along with a Cornus floridus (haven't been able to germinate nuttallii yet), maiden hair ferns and a 5 ft. Garry Oak plus some roses and spring bulbs (tulips and hyacinths), that's about it at the moment.  But we keep trying.  Fran

Frances Howey
London, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5b


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