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Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum)

Posted on Apr 28, 2016

With trees just beginning to bud, sunlight has been able to penetrate to the forest floor, providing light for many early spring wildflowers to bloom. One such wildflower that can be seen during this time of the year is the Trout lily (Erythronium americanum). These little lilies are easily recognized by their mottled leaves, which gives the flower their name as the markings on the leaves look like the markings of brook trout, and their bright yellow flowers. Interestingly, these flowers form colonies that can completely coat a forest floor and the colonies themselves may be hundreds of years old! As the warm and sunny weather continues, these flowers will continue to pop open and create some beautifully colored landscapes to hike through!

Trout Lily

Elyse Henshaw
Conservation Technician