Erythronium oregonum

Oregon, giant white fawnlily

Habit: herbaceous perennial that produces bulbs. The two thick tongue like leaves that grow from the base of the plant that can reach 8 in (20 cm) long. Those leaves are dappled with irregular brown markings, similar to those on a fawn. A single leafless stalk about 12 in (30 cm) tall produces1-3 slightly nodding flowers that are creamy white, with tepals that flare outwards revealing yellow stamen. Flowers grow to 2 in (5 cm) long and bloom from early to late spring.

Ecology: found only in the Pacific Northwest west of the Cascades in moist forests, and rocky meadows at low elevations.

Growing Conditions: full sun to full shade, moist, well-drained soil with high organic content.

Often self sows forming showy colonies over time.


**Illustration by Aislinn Adams2010

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Type: Herbaceous Perennial (bulb)
Height: 12 in (30 cm)
USDA Zones: 7-9
Map courtesy of USDA-NRCS Plants Database.