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Trout Lily


Family:  Liliaceae, lily family
Genus species:  Erythronium americanum

Leaves are lance-shaped or ovate. Leaves are mottled with pale green, grayish green, and brown. Leaf surface is smooth and waxy.

Each plant produces one flower during early spring. Flower petals are yellow. Stamens are reddish-brown.

More Information:

The common name Trout Lily refers to the similarity of the leaf markings to the markings on a brown trout or a brook trout.  Erythronium is from the Greek for "red," possibly referring to the reddish stamens.