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Dogtooth violet    

Erythronium americanum

Belonging to the Erythronium genus, Dogtooth violet has a botanical name of Erythronium americanum. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Titanium yellow. When mature, they grow to 4.0 cm (1.56 inches imperial) in diameter.The blooms display an average of 6 petals. Leaves appear approximately as a   Bottle green and   Camouflage green colour. Dogtooth violet is a non-edible flower perennial, it will last at least up to several years in its native climate.

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How to grow Dogtooth violet

  • Partial Sun

    OR +
  • Full Shade

  • Medium

Enjoys a partial sun / full shade position in your garden and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 3 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Planting Dogtooth violet in loamy soil with a ph of between 6.1 and 7.8 is ideal for as it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Dogtooth violet is thought of as hardy, so this plant will grow or become dormant during the winter.

Growing Dogtooth violet from seed

Transplanting Dogtooth violet

As Dogtooth violet is hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Companion plants for Dogtooth violet

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Dogtooth violet so consider planting:

  • Dogtooth violet loves Hellebore

    One of my favorite combinations in the garden is hellebores with Trout Lillies. The hellebores come up nice and early, but last a very long time, their lovely blooms shifting through all those interesting phases in appearance. The trout lillies start to bloom during this show, and are wonderful to place in front of the hellebores. They are a fantastic woodland combination and very easy to care for under the right conditions.

Repellent plants for Dogtooth violet

These plants will not grow well with Dogtooth violet so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Dogtooth violet problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Dogtooth violet plants:

Dogtooth violet Etymology

Named “trout” due to the spots being similar to the trout, while “dogtooth” comes from the shape of the root, however this plant is not related to violets.1

Indigenous to Canada and the United States.

Other names for Dogtooth violet

Trout lily, Yellow trout lily, Yellow dogtooth violet

Dogtooth violet care instructions

How long does Dogtooth violet take to grow?

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Popular varieties of Dogtooth violet

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