Erythronium dens-canis

("Dog’s tooth violet / Trout lily / Adder's tongue / Fawn lily")

Erythronium dens-canis

A beautiful but rare species that is not easy to cultivate. Each flower stem produces one flower.

What You Need To Know Before You Plant:

When Will This Flower Bloom?

Mid Spring

When Should I Buy and Plant These Bulbs?


What Kind of Light Does This Bulb Prefer?

Full or partial shade

What Color Will the Flower Be?

Various shades of lavender-pink or white

How Far Apart Should I Plant These Bulbs?

4 in / 10 cm

How Deep Should I Dig?

4 in / 10 cm

How Tall Will It Grow?

10-12 in / 25-30 cm

Recommended Number of Bulbs Per Square Foot?


Is It Deer/Critter Resistant?


How Can I Best Use It in My Landscaping?

Under trees and shrubs, well-drained rock gardens, perennial beds and woodland settings.

Other Popular Varieties

(Besides the species itself); 'Japonicum' (lavender-pink), 'Lilac Wonder' (pale lilac), 'Purple King' (pink-purple with red throat), 'Rose Queen' (pink & white) and 'Snowflake' (white with burgundy-purple).

About the Family

Erythronium Family

Native to forests and meadows in temperate regions of the Northern hemisphere.

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