Authentic Wisconsin.  Yellow Trout Lily - Erythronium americanum


Yellow Trout Lily photo taken taken on May 4, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin near Agawa Path.

Above: Yellow Trout Lily in Madison, Wisconsin near Agawa Path on May 4, 2022.


Yellow Trout Lily - Erythronium americanum (Spring Ephemeral)

The Trout Lily is a perennial, colony forming, spring ephemeral flower native to North America. A yellow trout lily produces an erect flower stalk with a nodding, bisexual flower with 6 recurved, yellow, lanceolote tepals. Its preferred growing conditions are in part sun to mostly shade and deep, moist loamy soils.

Blooms: April - May.

The common name "trout lily" refers to the appearance of its gray-green leaves mottled with brown or gray, which allegedly resemble the coloring of brook trout.

Other names include: American trout-lily, yellow dog-tooth violet, yellow trout-lily, Adder's Tongue.

Yellow Trout Lily photo taken taken on May 4, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin near Agawa Path.

Yellow Trout Lily photo taken taken on May 4, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin near Agawa Path.

Above: The leaves of Trout Lilies are easily recognizable. They are mottled green and brown the the markings on brook trout. The common name Adder's tongue also referes to the tongue-shaped, brown-blotched leaves.


For more information on Yellow Trout Lily, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the Online Virtual Flora of Wisconsin website at: http://wisflora.herbarium.wisc.edu.


Yellow Trout Lily photo taken taken on May 4, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin near Agawa Path.
Yellow Trout Lily photo taken taken on May 4, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin near Agawa Path.
Yellow Trout Lily photo taken taken on May 4, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin near Agawa Path.
Yellow Trout Lily photo taken taken on May 4, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin near Agawa Path.
Yellow Trout Lily photo taken taken on May 4, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin near Agawa Path.
Yellow Trout Lily photo taken taken on May 4, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin near Agawa Path.

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Yellow Trout Lily
Erythronium americanum


Yellow Trout Lily photo taken taken on May 4, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin near Agawa Path.

Yellow Trout Lily photo taken taken on May 4, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin near Agawa Path.


Above: Yellow Trout Lily in Madison, Wisconsin near Agawa Path on May 4, 2022.


1878 Erythronium americanum Trout Lily botanical illustration.

Above: 1878 Erythronium americanum Trout Lily botanical illustration


1910 Trout Lily Erythronium americanum Trout Lily botanical illustration.

Above: 1910 Erythronium americanum Trout Lily botanical illustration



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