Erythronium Dens-Canis is a delightful perennial that has a brownish-red stem on top of which sits a flowerhead with rosy-pink petals that are significantly recurved or opening backwards. Towards the centre of the flowerhead there is a white ring which blends into the very centre of which is a burnt caramel hue. Large, ovate foliage is heavily mottled with chocolatey-brown spots
Unique colour combinations, Erythronium Dens-Canis with its splendid colours represents well the interesting Genus of Erythronium. Excellent used towards the front of beds, borders or rock gardens and left undisturbed in underplanting areas will naturalise.
Erythronium is derived from the Greek word for red and refers to the typical colours of the popular Dens-Canis variety. Erythronium have curvy, reflexed petals in the blooms and long, strap-like foliage, some varieties have mottled foliage and typically with one bloom per bulb. Native to Europe to Asia and North America, there are similarities with Tulips. Colours often include creamy whites, delightful yellows and variations of pinks.
Erythronium are accustomed to woodland and mountain meadow areas and prefer fertile soils that are well drained. Erythronium blooms can vary with their blooming with some in the springtime and others in the summer months.
Plant Erythronium bulbs in moist, but well-drained fertile soils. Depending on the variety, the depth of planting can vary greatly with some cultivars only requiring being gently covered while other varieties require a typical planting depth of 5-10cm
Full hardy, Erythronium can tolerate colder climates, but prefers to settle an area and can be used well to naturalise an area if left undisturbed. Given the correct soil requirements and maintained moisture, Erythronium will grow in sunny to partially shaded areas. Advisable locations include flower beds, borders, rockeries, informal gardens, underplanting of shrubs and other taller plants
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