pink fawn lily
Erythronium revolutum J.E. Sm.
Perennial herb from a narrowly egg-shaped, 3- to 5-cm long bulb attached to a chain of rhizome segments; flowering stems 15-35 cm tall, smooth. Leaves: Basal leaves 2, dull dark green mottled with brown or white, broadly lanceolate to elliptic, 10-20 cm long, smooth, gradually narrowed to short, broad, narrowly winged stalks, the margins entire but often somewhat wavy; stem leaves lacking. Flowers: Inflorescence of 1, rarely 2 or 3, flowers atop a leafless, unbranched, smooth stem; flowers rose-pink with yellow bands at the base on the inner surface, nodding, of 6 similar, distinct tepals, the tepals narrowly lanceolate, 3-5 cm long, curved back; stamens 6, anthers yellow; pistil 1, 3-chambered. Fruits: Capsules, narrowly club-shaped to oblong, erect, 3-4 cm long; seeds several to many, brown, egg-shaped, angular (Douglas et al., 2001). Photo by Dave Polster.
Found commonly on Southern Vancouver Island, and more locally south to coastal Washington and over to the west side of the Olympics and Oregon. It occurs in maritime to submaritime summer wet cool mesothermal climates. Occurrence decreases with increasing latitude and elevation
Fine sandy soils.
soil reaction salinity
Fresh to moist. Characteristic of alluvial floodplain forests.
Damp shade or semi-shade of broad leafed forests and grassy openings.
Takes well to moist, shaded parts of the garden. (Kruckeberg 2003)
The Kwakwaka’wakw and possibly the Nuu-chah-nulth ate the bulb. The bulbs were dug when they first sprouted in the spring and eaten raw or steamed in tall cedar boxes and served with large quantities of grease. They could also be dried in the sun and then boiled in water or baked and served with grease. Water was always drunk after consuming these bulbs. (Turner 1995)
fruit ripening time
seed collection time
no seeds per kg
Moderate to high
collection and abstraction
Hand pick ripe seed capsules into collection bags and shake to release the seeds
Store in sealed containers at 5º C. Check for insect infestations which may eat seeds in storage (Hook pers. obs.)
fruit seed dormancy treatment
Moist stratification in refrigerator for five to six weeks or sow immediately after collection into flats and store outside inserted in the ground for 4-6 years before transplanting (Kruckeberg 2003). Like other deep-growing bulbs in GO ecosystems, Erythronium can be grown at an accelerated rate by using shallow flats and extending growing periods. See Camassia quamash for the detailed method.
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additional info and photos
For more information and pictures, visit the E-Flora BC website at www.eflora.bc.ca.