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Erythronium hendersonii

Liliaceae
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials, Flowers

ERYTHRONIUM

Spring-flowering plants with dainty, nodding, lily-shaped blooms 1–1 1/2 in. across, on stems usually 1 ft. high or less. All have two (rarely three) broad, tongue-shaped basal leaves; these are mottled in many species. Set out in groups under deciduous trees, in rock gardens, beside pools or streams; give rich, porous soil. Plant bulbs in fall, as soon as you receive them; don’t let them dry out. Set 2–3 in. deep, 4–5 in. apart. Western species need no water during dormancy. Divide clumps infrequently—only when vigor and bloom quality decline.

Erythronium hendersonii

Native to Northern California and southern Oregon. Foot-tall stems carry light to deep lavender flowers that are dark maroon at the base and rimmed with yellow or white; petals are deeply curled back at the tips. Dark green leaves are attractively mottled with brown. A choice plant for the front of the border.

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