Dog’s Tooth Violet

Erythronium ‘Pagoda’, commonly known as the Dog’s Tooth Violet, is a member of the Liliaceae (lily) family that’s currently making a wonderful splash at Cox’s Corner in the University Parks. It is a bulbous perennial with broad elliptical leaves and flowers that are held above the foliage on leafless stems around 30cm tall. The flowers are a creamy yellow and measure about 5cm across. The Dog’s Tooth Violet likes a partially-shaded, sheltered spot, although it can cope with being exposed. The soil needs to be well-drained and fertile, though. The plant will happily spread over years if the conditions are right. Its foliage can be cleared away once it has turned brown mid-way through the summer. It needs no pruning and generally looks after itself, but slugs can be a problem, eating the new foliage as it emerges. To propagate, divide after flowering.