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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July through September, after the alpine zone has melted and the wildflowers (Indian paintbrush, avalanche lily, lupine) have exploded.
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.