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PlantFiles: Trout Lily
Erythronium revolutum 'Pagoda'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Erythronium (er-ih-THROH-nee-um) (Info)
Species: revolutum (re-vo-LOO-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Pagoda

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Mar 31, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Lovely soft lemon-yellow flowers, reminiscent of turk's cap lillies. The beautifully bronze-marbled leaves are also highly ornamental. Blooms with mid-late daffodils---last spring they looked fantastic with Narcissus 'Thalia'.

Best in deciduous shade. I plant the bulbs with the pointed end about an inch deep.

This cultivar is a hybrid between two rare western species---E. tuolumense x E. revolutum. It performs better in east coast gardens than our common native E. americanum.

Widely and inexpensively available from mail order dealers in fall bulbs. Order in September, and plant immediately on receipt---these dry out quickly.

Positive davidawheeler On Feb 13, 2007, davidawheeler from Shutesbury, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Grows in western Massachusetts when the trout and shad begin to run.

Neutral smiln32 On Nov 22, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant has many common names: Avalanche Lily, Fawn Lily, Glacier Lily, Trout Lily. It prefers somewhat shady conditions and rich, well-drained soil. Flowers bloom in early spring. It does not reproduce quickly (but does so with offshoots). Plant in autumn about 5" deep. In northern climates, mulch it, too.

Positive philomel On Apr 19, 2003, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a lovely bulbous plant for light or dappled shade. Not only does it have elegant spikes carrying up to ten pendant yellow flowers, but it also has large, glossy rather mottled leaves.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chicago, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
Sparks, Nevada
Portland, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

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