Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum)


Close up image of a trout lily flower

Walking in the woods at Strawacres in early May revealed clusters of many trout lily, Erythronium americanum, leaves. These are single leaves and are apparently sterile plants.  However if you look hard enough you can find the occasional fertile plant that has a delicate yellow flower, as seen above, and two leaves.

Although the sterile leaf does not have the beautiful yellow flower it does have a wonderful colouring to the leaf. As can been seen in the picture below the leaf has a mottled green leaf even with a hint of silver. The patterning is what leads to the common name of the plant, as it is reminiscent of the colouring of a brook trout. We did notice that a week or so later the leaves were still there but the mottling was fading.

Close up image of a trout lily leaf

Walking in the woods it was hard to find the flowers, despite the abundance of the single leaves. There were so many you had to be careful where you walked, the leaves were poking through last year’s fallen tree leaves that carpet the woodland floor. When we did find the flowers they were golden treats that called to be looked at closer.

If you want more information on Erythronium americanum try the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s web pages.

Close up image of a trout lily flower from the top

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