Erythronium oregonum Applegate
Giant White Fawnlily, Giant White Fawn-lily, Oregon Fawn-lily
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
USDA Symbol: EROR4
Strongly mottled, 8-10 in., oblong leaves arise from a corm and surround the 8-16 in. flowering stem which usually bears a single, bell-shaped flower. Two to three flowers per scape is not uncommon. Flowers are pure white to pink-tinged and purplish near the outer base with yellow bands near the inside base.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CA , OR , WA
Native Distribution: S. from B.C. to Curry and Josephine Cos., OR
Native Habitat: Moist, alluvial woods; open, gravelly prairies
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist to drier, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Considered well worth having cultivation for the mottled leaves alone.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds in flats or pots in the fall. Plunge container in the soil of a shady area. Corms can be transplanted the second season but it will be four to five seasons until the bulbs are large enough to support flowering.
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Web ReferenceWebref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
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 resourcesUSDA: Find Erythronium oregonum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Erythronium oregonum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Erythronium oregonum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-09
Research By: TWC Staff