Something fishy about this name.. April 18, 2007
There is something fishy about the common name for this woodland plant. A member of the lily family, this woodland flower likes moist humus soil. They can be found growing in large colonies, but only the ones with two leaves will be blooming. Ants pollinate the yellow flowers of the Erythronium americanum, or Trout Lily. And although the leaves are mottled or spotted looking, they don't remind me of trout. The other common name is Dog Tooth Violet which seems to be wrong on both counts! What ever you call it, it is a wonderful little flower which takes up to seven years to bloom, and well worth the wait.