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Erythronium (Dog’s tooth violet) ‘Pagoda’

December 5, 2017
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Latin name: Erythronium ‘Pagoda’

Family: Liliaceae

Origin: Hybrid (E. tuolumnense and E. californicum White Beauty’)



Erythroniums are commonly known as Dog’s tooth violets because of the shape of the bulb. E. ‘Pagoda’ is a clump-forming, fully-hardy perennial.

The leaves are mottled and the stems can grow to c.35 cm. Its flowers are a pale, sulphur yellow with a ring of reddish-brown at the centre.

Erythronium 'Pagoda' (Photographer: Luc Gilgemyn) A flowering Erythronium A close up of an Erythronium

How to grow

E. ‘Pagoda’ has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the RHS. This identifies it as a good plant to grow in the garden.

It can be grown in most well-drained soils. Plant at a depth of c.10 cm in partial shade and away from more delicate plants – when in prime conditions, it can multiply quickly.


Propagation is by division after flowering.