Etymology: Erythronium: Greek for red because genus name comes form a red-flowered species from Europe
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-8" tall forb; in large colonies formed by short, thick, vertical underground stems
Leaves: usually 2, basal, mottled or spotted
Flowers: yellow often with spotted centers, 6-parted, 1 1/2" long, petal-like tepals flaring backward; solitary on a stout stalk; blooms April-May
Fruits: rounded, 3-celled capsule
Habitat: moist; woods, forests
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7 USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"