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Erythronium hendersonii

Liliaceae
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials, Flowers

ERYTHRONIUM

Spring-flowering plants with dainty, nodding, lily-shaped blooms 1 to 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 to 3 in. deep, 4 to 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 tips. Dark green leaves are attractively mottled with brown. A choice plant for the front of the border.

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