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Trout Lily

Erythronium americanum
Trout Lily


They are found growing in groups in wet woods and meadows.


They have a nodding, lily-like flower with 3 petals, 3 sepals all curved backward. The flower is yellow inside and golden outside on a leafless stalk. The leaves are long, large and pointed at the end with brown spotting. They bloom April through June. Also called, Yellow Adder's Tongue.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

  • Flower Type: Flower Regular with 6 petals

  • Flower Color: Yellow
Leaf Arrangement: Leaves around base only

  • Plant Type: Wildflower
Leaf Type: Long, narrow, entire (smooth edge) and brown speckled
Trout Lily

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