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Lily Pagoda Blooming Herbal Tea

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Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ is a cultivar of the genus Erythronium and in the liliaceae family.  It is a clump-forming perennial corm.  ‘Pagoda’ is reported to be a hybrid between Erythronium tuolumnense and Erythronium ‘White Beauty’ (thought to be a cultivar of E. californicum).  The former species has solid green leaves while the latter species has attractive bronze mottling on the leaves.  ‘Pagoda’ has the bronze mottling      of its E. californicum parent and it is much more vigorous than either of its parents. It has bright yellow       flowers with recurved petals and is an easy bulb to grown in most gardens on the coast.  There are multiple flowers on each stem.  It flowers in early spring.

Both of the species parents of ‘Pagoda’ are found in deciduous woodland to open mountain meadows in western North America.  They are two of 22 species of Erythronium found in Europe, Asia and North America.

Propagation is either by seed in autumn or by division of the corms when the leaves die down in summer.  The corms are long-pointed tooth-like bulbs, hence the common name `dog-toothed` violet.