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California Fawnlily
Erythronium californicum
About California Fawnlily (Erythronium californicum) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Erythronium californicum is a species of flowering plant in the lily family which is known by the common name California fawn lily. It is endemic to the coastal mountains of northern California. The plant grows from a bulb 3 to 6 centimeters wide and produces two basal leaves which are green and sometimes spotted with brown. The reddish-green stalks grow up to 30 centimeters tall and each bears one to three flowers. The flower has yellowish-white petals 2 to 4 centimeters long, sometimes with red or brown banding or striping toward the bases. The stamens, anthers, and stigma are whitish in color.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

11.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, White, Green, Red, Brown

Landscaping Information
Shade, Part Shade


Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry open places

Annual Precipitation: 27.8" - 156.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.43" - 6.33", Coldest Month: 36.9" - 49.2", Hottest Month: 58.2" - 73.3", Humidity: 0.05" - 23.68", Elevation: 48" - 5854"

Alternative Names
Common Names: California Fawn Lily

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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