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Erythronium montanum (White avalanche-lily)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Erythronium montanum

Erythronium montanum S. Watson

White Avalanche-lily, Avalanche-lily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)


USDA Symbol: ERMO8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

1-5 showy white flowers not at end of a stalk that grows from between 2 broadly lanceolate basal leaves.

This mountain species blooms just after the snow melts, often carpeting meadows with its white flowers. There are a number of western species, some with cream or yellow flowers, others with pinkish ones.


From the Image Gallery

7 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Scape up to about 14 inches tall.
Fruit: Seeds brown.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


Canada: BC
Native Distribution: British Columbia to northern Oregon.
Native Habitat: Alpine or subalpine meadows and forests.

Web Reference

Webref 62 - Burke Herbarium Image Collection (2020) University of Washington
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

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1989 VOL. 6, NO.3 - Butterfly Gardens, Director\'s Report, Proper Care Gives Staying Power to Cut Fl...

Additional resources

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


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

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