Oh Erythronium, I can’t say enough about thee. Seriously. I love Erythronium. They’re just so delightful in every way. First off, they’re ephemerals. I love ephemerals. They grow and bloom super early (late March-early May here) and by the time they’re done its time to get all the summer annuals in. Trout lily is especially great. Why? Because I said so. The foliage is great (Chocolate brown with green spots usually) and the flowers come in a variety of colors including white, yellow and pink. Minnesota’s only endemic species happens to be a type of trout lily (Erythronium propullans). I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this only once in my life and it surely was a highlight. The foliage is the same size as the rest of the native Erythroniums but the flowers are barely the size of your pinky nail. It only grows in a few spots in Minnesota and no where else on the planet. http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/ets/dwarf_trout_lily.pdf has some more information on the dwarf trout lily. The other two natives (E. albidum and E. americanum) are also great plants. They grow to form massive colonies of plants. Some years they are covered in blooms, some years there are no blooms in an entire patch that could cover 50 square feet. No one really knows why they bloom when they do, there has been no proven correlation to snow depth, temperature or moisture. I hope its something cool like radiation from alien space ships or something bizarre like that. Anyways I’m tired of gushing so now I’m going to post some pictures from Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park in Nerstrand, MN and Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.