Erythronium oregonum

giant white fawn lily

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Erythronium oregonum is a captivating Pacific Northwest native with nodding, lily-like flowers; these are borne on slender stems and open to white, sometimes with a light overlay of green and burgundy on the outer petals, especially at the base along with showy orange-yellow stamens. The green foliage is heavily dappled with a dark eggplant hue and the horticultural folklore is the mottling is reminiscent of a fawn's coloring.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open or dappled shade

Water Requirements: provide water during the growing season, if necessary

Seasonal Interest: captivating white flowers with lustrous mottled foliage

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: pink, red

Great Color Partners: purple, white

Culture Notes
Plant this fawn lily in light to dappled shade, although full sun is fine as long as the site doesn't get too hot and dry late in the season causing premature dormancy. The life cycle of erythroniums is generally springtime when adequate moisture is available; however, water if unusually dry conditions prevail.