Dogtooth violet

Erythronium dens-canis

Erythronium dens-canis (common name dog's tooth violet or dogtooth violet) is a bulbous herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the family Liliaceae, growing to 25 cm (10 in). It is native to Europe, where it is the only naturally occurring species of Erythronium. Despite its common name, it is not closely related to the true violets.

It produces a solitary white, pink or lilac flower at the beginning of spring. The petals (growing to approx. 3 cm) are reflexed at the top and yellow tinted at the base. The brown spotted leaves are ovate to lanceolate and grow in pairs. The white bulb is oblong and resembles a dog's tooth, hence the name.

In cultivation it has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassMonocots
OrderLiliales
FamilyLiliaceae
GenusErythronium
Species
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Bulgaria