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Erythronium ‘Pagoda’

December 5, 2017
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Common name: Dog’s tooth violet ‘Pagoda’
Family: Liliaceae
Origin: Hybrid

Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ is a hybrid of E. tuolumnense and E. californicum ‘White Beauty’.


E. ‘Pagoda’ gets its mottled foliage from E. californicum ‘White Beauty’. The flower colour can be described as pale sulphur yellow with a brown ring at the throat. Descriptions of colour vary, likely because colour appears dependent on the age and vitality of the individual plant. The newer the flower, the more intense the brown marking.

4 different views of a flowering Erythronium

The top left flower shows a plant with only one flower and the brown marking is intense. The bottom right flower is from a strong-growing plant with 10 flowers on its stem. The marking here is barely discernible.


How to grow

In receipt of the AGM from the RHS Rock Garden Plant Trials sub-committee, this is a suitable plant to grow in the open garden.

E. ‘Pagoda’ can be grown in most well-drained soils, providing they do not completely dry out.

It prefers dappled or partial shade. Plant at a depth of c.10 cm. Avoid positioning it close to choice plants – when in conditions are optimum, it can multiply and grow strongly.


Propagate by division after flowering.