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Erythorium americanum (Trout Lily) can be found in rich moist woods and typically blooms in April, though like everything else, it is a little early this year.  The similarity in the mottled leaf to the scales of a trout is how the plant got it's common name.  This small unique lily is pollinated by ants, and is a pleasant, colorful surprise in the spring woodland garden.  It takes seven years for a pollinated seed to become a mature plant, and only plants with two leaves will flower.   


Look for these flowers in a woodland near you while they are still around! These can also be great additions to a woodland garden for some great spring color.  They are not super aggressive, so be careful about what other plants you put in an area where you put the trout lily.
 
 

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