The most eye-catching of the genus is lovely Erythronium 'Pagoda'. It is hard to fault this plant although, as a keen entomologist, I have one small complaint: the plant is a hybrid (parentage not known for certain but it may be E. tuolumnense x E. californicum) and, as is often the case, the flowers have nothing to offer insects and they receive no visitors. On the other hand, as they are not pollinated the flowers last for rather longer than would otherwise be the case.
|Erythronium 'Pagoda'. My garden in Byfield.|
2 May, 2013
My clump of E. "Pagoda" is steadily spreading and is perfectly happy in a neutral loam with dappled sunlight.
Another I grow is Erythronium californicum in a selected form called "White Beauty. As a species rather than a hybrid it may produce seed and, as it grows adjacent to "Pagoda", any offspring could be interesting.
|Erythronium dens-canis in my garden.|
29 March, 2014
Other species are in cultivation, many from North America, and I'll be keeping my eyes open for them.