Ozarks Spring Wildflowers: Trout Lily

Picture Trout Lily, Erythronium albidum, a spring flowering member of the lily family that is native to the Ozarks.

Note the mottled leaves and the hanging flower of the Trout Lily.

In the spring among the Spring Beauties and the Rue Anemones I started to notice single boat-shaped leaves that were a dusty green with brown mottling. None were blooming so I had to wait to see what they were. Sure enough, the next week I started seeing this striking flower above the foliage. Trout Lily is a rather unattractive name for such a pretty flower, I think. But it must refer to the mottled leaves.

Erythronium albidum is a spring ephemeral plant growing from a bulb and is a member of the Lily family. The flower itself is fairly large as spring flowers go. It’s about an inch and a half long. It hangs down so that you have to lift the flower if you want to see inside of it.

You can read more about it here.

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