Mar. 7, 2017

white dogtooth violet, Erythronium albidum

At this time of year, an old E. E. Cummings line runs through my mind. "Spring, glorious spring, when the world is mudlucious." It may be muddy out there today. Precocious thunderstorms woke me early today. Is spring going to be equally early? It's always our hope, regardless of how much we realize that's not entirely good. Looking forward to that time, here's a dandy little spring ephemeral. This lily goes by many common names. I prefer the one I learned as a youngster in the West Virginia woods, dogtooth violet. I suppose fawn lilies and trout lilies are just as pretty. It appears in spring woods in AL, AR, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD(T), MI, MN, MO, MS, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SD, TN, TX, VE, VT, WI, WV, and ON. 4/26/11, Lenawee Co MI.