What plant is that?

Trout-Lily   
Photo credit: © Francis R. Underwood 2013

The mystery plant for March is a spring-blooming perennial which grows from a bulb. The erect flowering stalk bears a single nodding yellow flower of six regular parts. This stalk is surrounded by a pair of green basal leaves mottled with brown which are 4 to 8” long and elliptic in shape. It is from the supposed resemblance of these mottled leaves to a species of freshwater fish that give the plant one of its common names. The flowers are one to two inches long, yellow and spotted with brown toward the base. This plant often grows in colonies. It can be found in bottomlands and rich woods and blooms from April to June.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Erythronium americanum
Common Name:
  Trout-Lily, DogtoothViolet
Family:
  Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Habitat:
  Rich woods and bottomlands

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