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Dog’s Tooth Violet

October 26, 2013

I have loved this plant for many years and have finally got round to making a space for it  in the shady end of the garden to naturalize with dwarf narcissi and other Spring flowering bulbs.   Erythronium ‘White Beauty’  has these delicate swept back petals rather like wings gently suspended on slender stems from a sturdy base of ground hugging leaves.  It has to be said I can see no resemblance to a dog’s-tooth but the bulb is long and pointed and tooth-like and this must be the reference.  They thrive under deciduous trees in deep fertile soil and over time the plants can be lifted and divided in Autumn.

Erythronium dens-canis (above) has delicate white, pink, or mauve flowers with a darker mottled leaf and these I’ll plant at the base of three deciduous Amelanchier  canadensis shrubs.

The wood anemone (below ) Anemone nemerosa is known as the wind flower (anemos is Greek for wind)  and is another long-admired woodland plant of mine.   I’ve purchased seeds for these and will sow indoors in the next few weeks to keep behind glass over Winter to plant out late Spring. It likes semi-shade and is at home under hedges or deciduous trees producing low-growing, starry white flowers in Spring.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2013 10:55 am

    I love erythroniums. I have one with very teeny flowers but would love one of these dramatic beauties.

    • October 30, 2013 9:07 am

      I found a wish list made two years ago in my gardening notebook and these were on it. I wasted no more time then justified it by not buying tulips hoping they’ll return since they are still in their pots.

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