A springtime display of thousands of Henderson’s fawn lilies carpeting an oak woodland is sure to bring a smile to your face. An endemic species in southwest Oregon where it is locally very abundant, Henderson’s fawn lily is listed as a rare and sensitive species in California where its population is very limited. From a scape and a mottled pair of basal leaves, a single flowering stem rises 5″-12″, topped by 1-10 nodding, pinkish purple to lavender flowers with recurved petals. The color is distinctive among fawn lilies in the West where most are white to yellow. Blooms March-May, depending on elevation. Within its range, Henderson’s fawn lily is abundant in dry, open oak or madrone woodland, mixed woodland, or pine forest. From seed this species can take 3-5 years to produce a flower.
Erythronium hendersonii seed packets contain 1/4 teaspoon of seed.
Seed Germination Instructions
90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.