Deer- and rodent-resistant, Erythronium pagoda is best grown in moist, humus-rich, neutral pH, well-draining soil in full sun to partial shade. Unlike most bulbs, it can handle, and actually prefers soil with a little bit more moisture in the spring, but likes drier conditions over the summer. A good naturalizer, if it’s happy where it’s planted and is left undisturbed, it naturalizes by bulb offsets (called bulbils: baby bulbs on the sides of the mother bulb you’ve planted) and occasionally by self-sowing seed. It’s terrific planted en masse in natural settings like sun-dappled woodlands, around shrubbery and in partial shade gardens. Its bulb is actually a pointed, fleshy corm.
A robust hybrid cross of Erythronium tuolumnense and Erythronium revolutum, species native to the U.S. west coast. Highly acclaimed, it was given the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. It yields lush, attractive ground level green foliage with variable garnet mottling and dark slender stems with one or more, pendant, fairy-cap shaped sulfur-yellow flowers with interior garnet-banded bases and yellow anthers. Its flowers are larger and grow taller than those of either of its parents.
You’ll need four to six bulbs per square foot. (Square footage is determined multiplying the planting site’s length times its width.) Bulb size: 10 cm/up. Full to partial sunlight. Bloom time in horticultural zone 5: April/May. Plant 4″” deep and 6″” apart immediately upon receipt: they don’t like being out of the soil. HZ: 4-8. Height: 12″” to 14″”.”
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