14 thoughts on “Silent Sunday: Dog’s tooth violet (Erythronium dens-canis)

  1. Happy Easter and happy gardening Ann! Can you believe it, after looking at the description for the ‘Contemplative Gardening’ book I’ve gone and purchased the kindle version haven’t I! It’s not released till the 19th, for us anyway, so it’ll be delivered then. Now I’m really impatient haha! 🙂

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    1. Have a very happy Easter Liz! We’re having a lovely quiet day in our sunny garden. 🙂 Kindle is great when you’re in a hurry for a book – quicker than waiting for it in the post. Enjoy the read!

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  2. This surprised me. It doesn’t look anything like a violet — I thought it looks more like a lily. Well! I looked it up, and found it is in the lily family. Who knew? In any event, I love the color. It’s truly beautiful. Happy Easter!

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    1. I’ve been wondering about the name too. I don’t know why it has the ‘violet’ part but the dog’s tooth comes from how the corm looks. And the ‘trout lily’ name comes from the markings on the leaves looking like the markings on a trout. (Good old Google! I had been puzzled by that one!) Hope you have a lovely Easter.

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    1. The name’s a bit of a con, Jill! They aren’t related violets at all, but a part of the lily family. Heaven knows how it got the ‘violet’ part of it’s name. (‘Dog’s tooth’ is because of the shape of the bulb.)

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