Erythronium americanum, commonly called Trout Lily or Dogtooth Violet, is one of the earliest spring ephemerals to bloom in central NC.
When I think of Trout Lilies there are two places I immediately think of: Azalea Hill at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, and a hillside next to a walking trail that goes around the Duke Gulf Course in Durham. Trout Lilies like a woodsy place with a lot of humus but soil that is not too rich, or they won't bloom.
The leaves are an unusual mottled green and brown, and seem to emerge all at once, as though by magic.
The flowers are very graceful and have a dynamic aspect to them; they do in fact slowly twirl, being relaxed in low light and highly reflexed in strong light. This is one of what I hope will eventually form a colony in the bed on the east side of the house.
Join Gail for Wildflower Wednesday on the fourth Wednesday of every month.