White Trout Lily – Erythronium albidum

Other names: Whtie Fawnlily, Dog-tooth Lily, or Dog-tooth Violet

Plant Family: Liliaceae – Lily family

White Trout Lily Flower

Closeup of the White-Tout Lily flower.

The White Trout Lily  (Erythronium albidum) is a common wildflower in the central and, much of the Eastern United States.  It is considered one of the spring ephemeral wildflowers.  These plants take advantage of the sunlight available in early spring before the leaves come out on the trees and shade the forest floor.

For native backyard gardeners with lots of shade, the White Trout Lily is a good choice of a flower bed.  These plants are pretty, easy to grow and will form a carpet of mottled leaves in early spring.


Video shows the white trout lily in is natural environment in a Wisconsin woodland in late April.

Trout Lily in Woods

Wooded trail running through a carpet of White Trout Lily.

White Trout Lilies have nodding white flowers with their creamy white petals pointed backwards and prominent yellow, pollen coated anthers.

White Trout Lily Flowers

White Trout Lily (Erythronium albidum) flowers and leaves viewed from above.

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