What's in Bloom: Pink fawn lily

Another fumewort is this week's featured flower at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum. Known by the cultivar name of 'Beth Evans,' this plant will perform best if soils stay evenly moist and are well drained. Tubers planted in poorly drained or heavy clay soils will likely rot during our fall and winter seasons.

Sometimes it isn’t the flower that catches one’s attention. In the case of the pink fawn lily, Erythronium revolutum, it is the mottled leaves that cause one to pause.

The intricate patterns of green and maroon appear more like the skin of some exotic tropical reptile rather than the leaves of a humble woodland bulb. Native to moist, coastal woods from northern California to lower British Columbia, these enchanting bulbs bloom in late April to mid-May with rich pink, downward-facing, six petaled flowers. They require humus rich, well-drained soils.

• “What’s in Bloom” is a regular feature that runs during the year’s warmer months and features blooming plants at the city-owned Jensen-Olson Arboretum.

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