ERYTHRONIUM

An excellent plant for the rockery or around the base of trees – it is not a sun-lover but it does relish humus-rich soil. The nodding star-shaped flowers are borne above the attractively-mottled foliage – the common name comes from the shape of the tubers and not the leaves. Let the plants grow undisturbed.

VARIETIES: E. denscanis is the usual garden type. The rose-coloured flowers measure about 2 in. across and the leaves are mottled with brown markings. There are some attractive varieties, such as ‘Pink Perfection’ (pink) and ‘Lilac Wonder’ (pale purple). The aristocrat is E. revolutum ‘White Beauty’ – red-eyed, pure white flowers on 1 ft stems.

SITE AND SOIL: Well-drained but moist soil is required – thrives best in partial shade.

PLANT DETAILS: Planting time August-October. Planting depth 4 in.

Spacing: 4 in. Height 6 in.

Flowering period: March-April.

PROPAGATION: Remove and replant offsets immediately in late summer – never allow Erythronium tubers to dry out.

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