Erythroniums look so exotic in the woodland border with their elegant flowers,Â hanging like Tiffany lamps, above handsome foliage.Â They perform in late-spring, often as fern crosiers unfurl, and most of themÂ are hardy and easily grown. There are between 24 to 30 species and most areÂ woodlanders, flowering before deciduous trees come into leaf.
They are found in higher areas of Eurasia, in the western states of NorthÂ America and on the eastern side of America – always in cool conditions.Â Most do better in cool, damp springs because they hold their flowers forÂ longer.
They all need careful handling, because the white, waxy bananashapedÂ bulbs lack any protective sheath.Â How to plant and care for erythroniums. Handle them really carefully andÂ plant them into well prepared shady sites that retain moisture.
Lift them carefully when dividing, as the foliage dies down in late-July, andÂ replant the brittle bulbs into friable soil. Soon you’ll have large clumps.Â The trick with erythroniums is to keep them in leaf for as long as possible byÂ watering them: the same is true for trilliums
Buy from Penny Nunn either as plants and plug plants or dry bulbs in late May