Dwarf Trout Lily

Erythronium propullans, also known as the Dwarf Trout Lily, is one of the Arboretum’s spring ephemerals that you'll find in the Wildflower and Woodland Gardens. These are plants that come out in deciduous woodlands in Minnesota early in the spring before the maples and other canopy trees can leaf out. The first colonies were transplanted back in 1960, prior to listing. Today, the Arboretum is home to about 21 colonies, most of which are doing very well and better than their original populations. Typically each plant's single flower will only really be active for a couple of days and the whole plant is above ground for just a few weeks.

Erythronium propullans (Dwarf Trout Lily)

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, in 2011, joined the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), a non-profit network of institutions dedicated to conserving and restoring American's native plants. Through this network, scientists work in research, restoration, technical assistance, education and advocacy on behalf of rare and endangered species, such as the Minnesota dwarf trout lily. 

Thank you to the Lake Minnetonka Garden Club, one of several community founders of the Arboretum in 1958, for its generous $5,000 sponsorship of the dwarf trout lily scientific research and curatorship.