Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Erythronium tuolumnense

Dogtooth Violet. A lovely thing to find blooming on a sunny spring afternoon. For some reason the rabbit didn't eat it this year. This one doesn't have the spotted leaves that some have, but rather a shiny lighter green, though also very wide, leaf. We have them a various parts of the garden, but this one was especially pretty yesterday. The bloom scape is probably about 10 inches tall, so it need to be in a place where it won't be overshadowed. A slightly shaded woodsy place would be perfect for planting one. It will go dormant when the hot weather sets in, but by then the miniature sized maple under which it is planted will have leafed out and taken over the area along with hostas and some other delights.

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