Another Perfect Plant: Erythronium ‘Pagoda’

Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ is a vigorous hybrid between two western North American species: Erythronium tuolumnense and Erythronium revolutum. Showier and taller than either parent, this trout lily is a lovely yellow harbinger of spring. Given an Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society, the cultivar is a standout in the early spring garden. The leaves can be a mottled red and green; when in a favorable location ‘Pagoda’ can be an efficient naturalizer, reproducing itself by bulbils and seed. Generally deer and rodent resistant, trout lily bulbs have been eaten by Native American peoples and the seeds are often dispersed by ants.


John Scheepers
Mohonk Preserve
US Forest Service

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Paul Cady

Paul is a landscape designer with a professional background in public horticulture. His years of experience maintaining both public and private gardens provide an informed perspective on choosing, arranging, and placing plants in the landscape. He is committed to creating landscapes that will survive and thrive over time through making informed plant choices and developing written landscape management plans.