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Dog's-tooth violet

Erythronium

Dog's-tooth violets are the first sign of spring in the mountains, and domesticated varieties bring alpine glory to the garden. Their twisted, reflexed flower petals that bend over rosette leaves are a welcome discovery among last season's fallen leaves. The bulbs are native to woodlands and must be sited in well-draining soil rich in organic matter to flourish in home gardens.

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Under 6 inches to 12 inches

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To 1 foot wide

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3-8

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more varieties for Dog's-tooth violet

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Trout lily
Erythronium americanum is a North American native wildflower that produces clusters of golden flowers reversed in purplish brown on leafless stems sprouting from mottled foliage. It grows 10 inches tall. Zones 3-8
'Purple King' dog's-tooth violet
'Purple King' dog's-tooth violet
Erythronium dens-canis 'Purple King' bears reflexed flowers that resemble large cyclamen, with their fuchsia coloring and reddish-brown-throated base. It grows 5 inches tall. Zones 3-8
'Pagoda' dog's-tooth violet
'Pagoda' dog's-tooth violet
Erythronium 'Pagoda' is a cross between two native North American species that produces up to five golden-yellow flowers on each stem. The petals reflex to reveal a reddish ring at the base and bloom in mid- to late spring. The leaves are thick and veined in whitish green. It grows 1 foot tall. Zones 3-8
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