TROUT LILY, YELLOW FAWN LILY Erythronium revolutum

TROUT LILY, YELLOW FAWN LILY Erythronium revolutum

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A loved early spring flower, the Trout Lily's sunny yellow flowers are held well above the thick and highly patterned purple, brown and white thick mottled foliage! Trout lily is a long-lived perennial, that over time, will self seeds and form drifts in shady or wooded areas.

Type: Perennial

Height: 30 cm

Location: or part

Hardiness zones: 3-8, possibly zone 2

Bloom time: Spring

Seeds per pack: 5

Germination: As with many perennial seeds, these seeds require a period of moist cold to help them break dormancy. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:

Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds just under the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 4-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout a few weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period.

If you are planting your seeds in late winter or spring, these seeds can be planted outdoors while it is still cool out (once the ground is workable and unfrozen), to receive the cold period naturally in the garden. It is best to use this method only if you are able to keep the soil moist for the entire germination period.

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