Erythronium americanum (Yellow Trout Lily) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because germination can be very slow and irregular, and they require patience. It is important that they do not dry out after collection, and apparently they need a cold-moist period, then a warm-moist period, and then a cold-moist period to germinate. For those reasons, I have mixed the seeds with a small amount of moist vermiculite, and they have been moist-cold stored since June 10, 2021. They will be ready to start a 60- to 90-day warm period around mid-August; then they need another cold-moist period to encourage sprouting. Like many other early wildflowers, yellow trout lily is challenging to grow from seed and can take several years to flower, but it’s an interesting project if you want to add it to your garden and don’t have access to starter plants.

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Yellow trout lily (Erythronium americanum), also known as dogtooth violet, is the epitome of an ephemeral wildflower, sending up foliage and flowers in early to mid-spring and disappearing completely by the beginning of summer. Flowers with reflexed yellow petals and prominent orange stamens bloom atop slender, 6-inch-tall, leafless stems, with basal green leaves mottled with purple.  Partial to full shade; moist, humus-rich soil is ideal. This eastern woodland native is reportedly hardy in Zones 3 to 8 or 9.

2021-harvested seed is sold out. I hope to gather fresh seed in May 2022. Each packet contains at least 15 seeds, along with some moist vermiculite (see the Germination Information section). Provenance is Milford Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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