dogtooth violet

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Related to dogtooth violet: Erythronium dens-canis, Erythronium americanum

dogtooth violet,

originally a name for the Old World plant Erythronium denscanis, now applied also to several North American species of the same genus of the family Liliaceae (lilylily,
common name for the Liliaceae, a plant family numbering several thousand species of as many as 300 genera, widely distributed over the earth and particularly abundant in warm temperate and tropical regions.
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 family). The most common is E. americanum, a lilylike yellow flower of the East and Middle West. Most of the other native species are Western. The names adder's-tongue and trout, fawn, snow, and glacier lily are also used interchangeably for the American species. Dogtooth violets (unrelated to the true violets) are sometimes cultivated as ornamentals. Dogtooth violet is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Liliatae, order Liliopsida, family Liliaceae.

Dogtooth Violet


(Erythronium denscanis), also dogtooth, a species of bulbous plants. The name derives from the resemblance of the bulb to the canine tooth of a dog.

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Grape hyacinth, regular hyacinth, wood hyacinth (Hyacinthoides hispanica), all the ornamental onions, dogtooth violets, dwarf iris, snowdrops, winter aconite, chionodoxa (Glory-of-the-Snow), scillas by the hundreds, guinea hen flowers (Fritillaria meleagris), and of course daffodils in all of their vast array.
Spring is also the perfect time to visit Howick Hall and Gardens, where you can see the beautiful daffodils, camellias, early rhododendrons, hellebores and dogtooth violets.
Daffodils, grape hyacinths, all of the flowering onions (Alliums), dogtooth violets (Erythronium), glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa), winter aconites (Eranthis), snowdrops Galanthus), scillas (Scilla), Grecian windflowers (Anemone), Guinea Hen flowers (Fritillaria), and wood hyacinths (Hyacinthoides) are seldom eaten by pests.