Random Plant: White troutlily/fawnlily

Immature white troutlilies (Erythronium albidum, Liliaceae) photographed 04/15/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

White troutlilies/fawnlilies (Erythronium albidum, Liliaceae) can often be found in hardwood forests in east-central North America.  These spring ephemerals first appear in early April as single waxy and variegated leaves of red and green.  It’s at this stage that I often find them densely blanketing forest floors here in southeast Michigan:

Immature white troutlilies (Erythronium albidum, Liliaceae) photographed 04/15/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

These immature single-leaf forms come up for several years as they grown and develop.  Once they reach maturity, they will by late April grow a second leaf and a tall reddish stalk with a single large nodding flower:

Mature white troutlily (Erythronium albidum, Liliaceae) photographed 04/25/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

Mature white troutlily (Erythronium albidum, Liliaceae) photographed 04/25/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

As they name suggests the flowers are predominantly white, but they are tinged with pale pink, especially on the back sides of the petals:

Mature white troutlily (Erythronium albidum, Liliaceae) photographed 04/25/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

In addition to this white-flowered species, there are many other species of different colors.

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