avalanche lily


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Related to avalanche lily: Erythronium montanum

avalanche lily

n.
Either of two small western North American plants (Erythronium grandiflorum or E. montanum) in the lily family, having delicate golden-yellow or white flowers.

[So called because they grow near the snow line and bloom when the snow begins to melt.]
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Noun1.avalanche lily - perennial herb having large white flowers marked with orangeavalanche lily - perennial herb having large white flowers marked with orange; found near the snow line in the northwestern United States
liliaceous plant - plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
Erythronium, genus Erythronium - perennial bulbous herbs most of northern United States: dogtooth violet; adder's tongue; trout lily; fawn lily
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Turner explains that from June until the first snowfall, native women would use a sharp digging tool to unearth "root" vegetables, including avalanche lily bulbs.