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ERYTHRONIUM revolutum

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Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

ERYTHRONIUM revolutum

Plant Common Name

Pink Fawn Lily, Revolute Troutlily, Western Troutlily

General Description

An elegant hardy perennial found in moist woodlands from southern British Columbia to northern California, pink fawn lily is grown for its exquisite spring flowers and its dramatically marked foliage. Nodding from wiry, naked stems above paired basal leaves, the pale- to deep-pink flowers have six backswept segments that give them the appearance of taking flight. The yellow-centered blooms are borne one to three per stem. A starburst of yellow anthers protrudes from the gaping blooms. The broadly lance-shaped, glossy green basal leaves are strikingly marbled with maroon. The leaves go dormant soon after the flowers wither. Plants grow from small, tooth-shaped bulbs. Deep-pink-flowered forms sometimes go under the moniker Johnsonii. One such selection has been named 'Pink Beauty.'

Sometimes tricky or slow to establish, this lovely perennial grows and flowers best in partial shade and well-drained, humus-rich soil that is moist in spring and on the dry side in summer. It fares poorly in wet or arid soil. It will often self-sow where happy. Use it in shaded rock gardens, borders, or naturalistic plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    7"-14" / 17.8cm - 35.6cm

  • Width

    3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Northwestern United States, California, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Fuchsia, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Brown, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes