Last October, our local mom and pop garden place had a giant grab bag of bulbs for a buck. I snatched it up and got a lot of nice daffodils, and also this plant. I really like it!

What the heck is it???

Larger photo here.

Posted by Gwen Pearson

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  1. Well, the shape reminds me of a Michigan Lily, but it’s the wrong color. Beats me!

    I can’t see the leaves. It isn’t a trout lily, is it?

  2. It’s a fawn lily, as far as I can tell. They will naturalize nicely in your garden.

  3. I agree with the others that it’s an erythronium (AKA trout lily, fawn lily, glacier lily, dog tooth violet). It doen’t look like either of the species native to Michigan.

  4. Well, at least it’s in the garden, where it’s contained.
    Thanks everyone!

  5. One of the better sites for plant information is:

    Put in the scientific name or common name and then click on the specific genus and species. The name “erythronium ” gets you about a page of items. Note that some pages have maps that are clickable and you can get information on your particular area.

    Our fawn lilies in Oregon are quite similar to the one you show:

    Fawn Lily

    Good lock on a positive ID.


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