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Yellow Trout-lily - Erythronium americanum

Yellow Trout-lily

This common spring ephemeral heralds the end of winter across Ohio’s forests and woodlands. The golden blossoms of yellow trout-lily (Erythronium americanum) flourish in early April. Although you’ll find thousands of plants carpeting the ground, only a few flower each year. Its leaves range from mottled to occasionally all green. The trout-lily’s bulbs are often deep in the ground and produce many off-shoots. This six to 10 inch tall plant is also called dog’s-tooth violet, although it is not a true violet. The yellow trout-lily grows at many state nature preserves including Johnson Woods in Wayne County, Lake Katharine in Jackson County and Blackhand Gorge in Licking County.

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