The Dimpled Trout Lily – Erythronium umbilicatum

Erythronium umbilicatum

Erythronium umbilicatum

Trout Lilies are among the earliest wildflowers to bloom in the spring. Hugh Nourse and I found this Dimpled Trout Lily on a late afternoon walk on the Yellow Trail at Rockcliff Farm on Feb. 18th. Although we saw many small Trout Lily leaves, and a few with the blooms forming, this was the only plant in full bloom.

If you are interested in how the “Dimpled” Trout Lily got its name, check out Will Cook’s excellent Carolinanature website: http://www.carolinanature.com/plants/dimpledtroutlily.html

Herb Amyx

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One Response to The Dimpled Trout Lily – Erythronium umbilicatum

  1. Arleigh Birchler says:

    I had a look at Will’s photos and comments. He and Jeff Pippen have amazing sites at Duke with a lot of great photos showing detail of important features. Their comments are invaluable. I was delighted to discover recently why they are called “trout lilies”. It has nothing to do with the very pretty flower. It is the dappled appearance of the leaf which look like trout swimming in a clear river.

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