Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio

ok,it’s not daffodils

April 9, 2009
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Quite a few of these erythroniums (presumably E. americanum) are blooming today in an area that doesn’t grow daffodils.  There have always been a few, but it seems that without the daffodil foliage, there are more of them.  If I had blooms in all the foliage, I’d have thousands.  I’ve tried digging a bulb or two to bring up into the garden area, and either I never dig deep enough, or they don’t like being moved.  Since I can’t keep daffodils in this area, these are a nice replacement.
Mary Lou

2 responses to “ok,it’s not daffodils”

  1. Bill Lee says:


    In a message dated 4/9/2009 3:16:02 PM Eastern Standard Time,  title= writes:

    Quite a few of these erythroniums (presumably E. americanum) are blooming today in an area that doesn’t grow daffodils.  There have always been a few, but it seems that without the daffodil foliage, there are more of them.  If I had blooms in all the foliage, I’d have thousands.  I’ve tried digging a bulb or two to bring up into the garden area, and either I never dig deep enough, or they don’t like being moved.  Since I can’t keep daffodils in this area, these are a nice replacement.

    You have to dig very very dig to get these, Mary Lou. Over the years, we have seen 3-4 blooms of this particular erythronium along our lane. This year I am seeing more than 100 scattered in several areas. Something has happened to make them prolific bloomers this year. The white erythronium has always bloomed profusely all over our hillsides.
    Bill Lee
    (just outside Cincinnati, not far from Mary Lou)



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  2. David Liedlich says:

    Hi Mary Lou,

    Thanks for the trout lily photo.  They grow wild around here as well and they are quite nice to look at.  The leaves are edible too, and I have occasionally enjoyed them in salads.  A word of caution though as I do remember reading that it is possible for some people to have a reaction to them.  My family and I have never had trouble eating the leaves though.

    Dave Liedlich
    Connecticut