Erythronium californicum White Beauty is a white dogs tooth violet with a yellow centre. Erythroniums are ideal for growing in shady areas but must have good well drained soil.
It is a bulbous perennial with a pair of elliptic, slightly mottled, rich green leaves and stems to 30cm that bear up to 3 nodding flowers 5-6cm in width.
Beautiful slightly scented, creamy-white flowers with reddish markings in the throat. The stamens, anthers, and stigma are whitish in colour.
Erythronium californicum White Beauty originates from the moist woodland habitats in the mountains of Northern California. This is therefore the reason it has been given the name California Fawn Lily.
This variety has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Cultivate soils to a depth of 4-5″ (10-12cm) then add humus and grit to ensure good drainage. Plant bulbs 2-3″ (6-9cm) deep and water in well.
Enhance the soil with a light covering of leaf mulch or similar. During the first 6 months make sure that the soil does not dry out. However be careful not to overwater. After this time they can be left alone to naturalise.
Aspect: Woodland type areas and plant immediately on arrival in well drained soil. Enhance the nutrient content of the soil by adding bonemeal.
Soil type: Plant 5-7cms deep.
Flowering height: 8″ (20cm)
Flowering time: April
New season top quality bulbs supplied from late September.