Pink Fawn Lily

Erythronium revolutum

Pink Fawn Lily

APPEARANCE

The pink fawn lily grows to over 30 centimetres tall, and has pairs of long, thick, white-spotted leaves growing from the base. The flowers are pink and sometimes almost look fluorescent.

RANGE & HABITAT

In B.C. it grows on Vancouver Island and then continues south along the coast to California. It likes open and moist meadows, woodlands and streamsides. In B.C. this plant is found in the Georgia Depression ecoprovince.

LIFE CYCLE

The leaves show up in springtime and the flowers open in early summer. They ripen into long capsules full of tiny black seeds.

ANIMAL USES

Generally most animals don’t eat pink fawn lilies because they have a bitter taste.

TRADITIONAL FIRST NATIONS USES

Several First Nations groups ate pink fawn lily bulbs and sometimes steamed them with fish grease. They always drank water afterwards because otherwise they thought they would get sick.

MODERN USES

Pink fawn lilies are beautiful ornamental plants for woodland gardens.

STATUS

COSEWIC: Not at Risk
CDC: Yellow

MORE INFORMATION

www.linnet.geog.ubc.ca

Photo: Hobson