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Erythronium californicum (California fawn-lily)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Erythronium californicum

Erythronium californicum Purdy

California Fawn-lily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)


USDA Symbol: ERCA15

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.
Fruit: Seeds brown.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May




Use Food: Bulbs gathered by Native Americans for food.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Erythronium californicum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Erythronium californicum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Erythronium californicum


Record Modified: 2023-04-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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