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White Trout Lily

White Trout Lily (Erythronium albidum)

FAMILY: Liliaceae (Lily Family)

FLOWERING PERIOD: Mid-March to late April

DESCRIPTION: Perennial from bulb, often colonial from shoots. Essentially stemless, a pair of brown-spotted green leaves arising from bulb, white flowers with six strongly recurved tepals.

DISTRIBUTION: Throughout most of the state.

HABITAT: Rich soils in a variety of forest types.  

NOTES: Huge colonies can carpet the forest floor often comprising many non-flowering individuals This species is very similar to the more common yellow trout lily and can only be identified with certainty with flowers or fruit. The two species can grow in the same woods. There are only three petals on these flowers with three nearly identical sepals and combined known as 'tepals.'

Stages Pond State Nature Preserve in Pickaway County has a large population.