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Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily
Liliaceae
Erythronium grandiflorum


gardengeek
gardengeek
Flower Petal # 5
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Herb


Liliaceae Family

Erythronium Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily, Trout Lily, Adder's Tongue, Fawn Lily, Snow Lily


Location

Wasatch Mountains, Utah.

Physical Description
Flowers six lanceolate petal-like segments that curve back behind base of flower.




Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily, Erythronium grandiflorum - YouTube.com

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General Information



Commonly known as the Glacier Lily, these upside down flowers are usually the first to bloom.
The roots have bulbs called "corms" that are edible. They taste like onions and are sweet when cooked. Eating too many may cause indigestion or burning. The leaves are also edible. The seed pods taste like string beans when cooked.




Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily




Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily




Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily




Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily - Flower
Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily - Flower - June 07, 2009



Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily - Flower
Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily - Flower - June 07, 2009



Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily - Flower
Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily - Flower - June 07, 2009



Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily - Flower
Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily - Flower - June 07, 2009



Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily - Flower
Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily - Flower - June 07, 2009

Comment: Dogtooth Violet, Glacier Lily, Erythronium grandiflorum

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brian

April 21, 2010
thanks!
gardengeek
gardengeek
April 20, 2010
Hi Brian,

To bloom downwards might protect the inner parts of the flower from rain and moisture buildup. But that is just my guess. Plants have a wide range of strategies to ensure that they reproduce. Every little technique, technology or trick the plant can use helps. Maybe it is more interesting to certain bees, flies or beetles.
With most creatures in nature, it isn't about the best way to do things, or the right way to do things, it's just finding any way that works. For the Glacier Lily, that means that it might not be the only way that this flower can function, it just happens to be the easiest for it.
If you click the word "Liliales" in the tree icon above, it will take you to a page that includes all the relatives of this plant, broken up into families. Each relative has similarities and differences. you might find it interesting.
Thanks

brian downie

pullman, wa, usa April 20, 2010
but why do they bloom upside down?

brian downie

pullman, wa, usa April 20, 2010

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