Erythronium ‘Pagoda’

yellow fawn lily

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Outstanding Qualities

The soft yellow, lily-like flowers of this hybrid fawn lily are a delight in late winter to early spring, brightening the landscape. This is one of the most reliable of the erythroniums due to its hybrid vigor. The wide green leaves, overlaid with a chocolate splash, appear first with the flower stalks arising shortly after. Plant in drifts for a spectacular floral show; afterwards, the plants go dormant, vanishing by late spring.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

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

Wildlife Associations: bees

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, gold

Great Color Partners: white, cream, dark green

Culture Notes
This lovely bulb grows well in full sun to light or open shade, avoid hot locations. It prefers a site with rich well-drained soil, but will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. The life cycle of erythroniums is generally springtime when adequate moisture is available; however, water if unusually dry conditions prevail. Bulbs can be divided and spread once the leaves have faded to yellow. Plant immediately after digging a new hole, as this bulb resents drying out.