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Erythronium revolutum (Mahogany fawnlily)
Smith, R.W.

Erythronium revolutum

Erythronium revolutum Sm.

Mahogany Fawnlily, Mahogany Fawn-lily, Bog Fawn-lily

Liliaceae (Lily Family)


USDA Symbol: ERRE5

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

Strongly mottled, 6-8 in., oblong leaves arise from a corm and surround the 6-16 in. flowering stem which bears one to several nodding, bell-shaped flowers. Flowers are rose-pink without, lighter within and have yellow bands near the inner base. Mahogany Fawn-lily is a perennial.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Canada: BC
Native Distribution: S. B.C. to n.w. CA
Native Habitat: River banks; wood edges; bog edges

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Rich, moist, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Considered well worth having in cultivation for the mottled leaves alone. Bog fawn lily will reproduce rapidly from seed and ultimately produce large drifts. Though called "bog" lily, this species is rarely found in truly boggy areas.


Description: 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.
Seed Treatment: 3 months stratification is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 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 resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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