Tooth Violet – Erythronium.
Six inches to one foot.
Flowers of various colours, March to May.
Forms a tuft of green leaves spotted with brown,
above which rise the flowers, rudely resembling
violets in shape, but having no other sort of
connection with that tribe.
The most commonly grown kind has blossoms of a
purplish rose; there is a white and pink variety:
Erythronium giganteum is cream-coloured, and Erythronium
Americanum light yellow.
Besides these there are a number of named hybrid
kinds which may be grown by those who wish to
specialise in Erythroniums. The roots are whitish,
small and tooth shaped (whence the common name).
They should be planted in the autumn in clumps
or lines in good light soil and in a half-shaded
They thrive best in a rather moist and peaty staple,
but will be content with a good supply of old
leaf-mould and some grit.
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