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
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
position. 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.