Lily, Trout/ Dogtooth Violet/ Yellow Adder's-tongue

Erythronium americanum
A low 4-10" plant with a pair of broad, brown-mottled leaves at the base of the leafless stem. Young flowers are cylindrical, with the 6 petal/sepal-tips flaring, but with maturity the flowers open and the petals/sepals are sweptback. The inner surface is yellow and the outside has a bronze cast. The brown anthers are prominent. Blooms March-May in rich woods, sometimes in large colonies.

The name "Trout-lily" reflects the similarity of the leaf mottling to the markings of a brook trout. "Dogtooth" refers to the shape of the bulb.