Saturday, April 23, 2011

Erythronium 'Pagoda'

Erythronium 'Pagoda' is a new Dogtooth Violet that we're growing this year. It is a cross between the native American species Erythronium tuolumense and Erythronium revolutum. It will have 3-5 of these lovely yellow flowers per stem and sometimes multiple stems per bulb. I'm happy with just this one flower for its first season. The flower scapes will be 6-12" tall and the leaves are shiny green, kind of fleshy and pretty large. Unlike some of our other Dogtooth Violets, this one doesn't have patterned leaves, but plain green. It blooms in mid to late spring, likes woodland conditions and will tolerate some sun. It grows in zones 3-8.
Although the bulb can be eaten fresh or dried and can be ground into flour and the leaves can be used in salads, I think I'll stick to just enjoying the flowers in the garden.
2 days in a row. Let's see how long I can keep going without missing a day - it's not like there isn't enough to write about in the garden this time of year.

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