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Erythronium grandiflorum
yellow fawn-lily, glacier-lily

Distribution: Widely distributed in mountainous and forested areas across Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Balds and forest openings from sea level to the subalpine.

Flowers: March-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees


Herbaceous, scapose perennial from a deep-seated corm, the scape 1-2 dm. tall.


Leaves 2, basal, not mottled, oblong-elliptic, 10-20 cm. long, narrowed to short, broad petioles.


Flowers 1-5 in a loose raceme, nodding; tepals 6, distinct, lanceolate, cream to golden, 2.5-3.5 cm. long, reflexed; filaments 6, white, linear; anthers white or yellow to red; style slender, stigma thick, 1-2 mm. long.


Capsule club-shaped, 3-6 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Erythronium grandiflorum Pursh
Publication: Fl. Amer. Sept. 1: 231. 1814.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Erythronium parviflorum (S. Watson) Goodd.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Erythronium grandiflorum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Erythronium grandiflorum checklist entry

OregonFlora: Erythronium grandiflorum information

E-Flora BC: Erythronium grandiflorum atlas page

CalPhotos: Erythronium grandiflorum photos

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