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Purple Fawn Lily
Erythronium purpurascens
About Purple Fawn Lily (Erythronium purpurascens) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Erythronium purpurascens is a species of flowering plant in the lily family which is known by the common names purple fawn lily and Sierra Nevada fawn lily. It is endemic to California, where it grows in the high mountains of the southern Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada. This mountain wildflower grows from a bulb 2 to 4 centimeters long and produces two narrow green leaves up to 15 centimeters in length. The erect stalks reach a maximum of 20 centimeters tall and each bears one to six flowers. The flower has white petals with yellow bases which turn purple with age. Each tepal is only one or two centimeters long and curls back. The stamens and their large anthers and the style are yellow. The flowers bloom as the last snow is melting, which might not be until summer.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

7.9 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, White, Purple

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade


Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Meadows, rocky places and open places

Annual Precipitation: 33.7" - 119.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.83" - 4.08", Coldest Month: 27.9" - 45.6", Hottest Month: 49.0" - 70.1", Humidity: 0.89" - 21.84", Elevation: 1363" - 10161"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Purple Fawn-lily, Purple Fawnlily, Sierra Nevada 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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