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Erythronium oregonum

Oregon fawn lily

E. oregonum is a clump-forming, bulbous perennial to 35cm tall with two, semi-erect, brown mottled rich green leaves. Up to three, pendent, creamy-white flowers with yellow centres and reflexed petals, up to 7.5cm across, are borne in spring on upright stems

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Cream White Yellow Brown Green
Summer Brown Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Liliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Erythronium are bulbous perennials with paired, ovate or broadly elliptic leaves, and leafless stems bearing one or more nodding, star-shaped flowers with recurved petals

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Oregon to British Columbia

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How to grow

Cultivation

Plant 10cm deep in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in partial shade that does not dry out. Bulbs in storage must be kept slightly damp. See bulb cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by division after flowering

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

None required

Pests

Slugs may be a problem

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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