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Erythronium oregonum
deer's tongue, giant fawn-lily, wild easter lily

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in the Puget Sound lowlands and east in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Prairies, rocky balds, moist woods; at low elevations.

Flowers: March-May

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees


Perennial herb from a deep corm; flowering stems to 30 cm tall.


All basal, usually paired; lanceolate; strongly mottled with brown.


Showy white blooms with 6 tepals to 5 cm long; 1-3 at stem tips.


Erect capsules 3-5 cm long.

Identification Notes:

The mottled leaves and low-elevation habitat separate this species from E. montanum, which also has white flowers; our other Erythronium species have pink or yellow flowers.

Accepted Name:
Erythronium oregonum Applegate
Publication: MadroƱo. 3: 99. 1935.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Erythronium oregonum checklist entry

OregonFlora: Erythronium oregonum information

E-Flora BC: Erythronium oregonum atlas page

CalPhotos: Erythronium oregonum photos

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