A yellow lily native to eastern North America. Blooms in spring; plants bear single nodding flowers of about an inch in size. Flowers are bright yellow on the inside and copper-streaked on the outside. Sepals are petal-like and each plant has a pair of leaves. Its common name was inspired by its mottled leaves, which resemble the coloring of brook trout.
Moist well-drained soil in wooded areas. Stream banks are a preferred site. Can be spotted on the Cary Institute's trails. Act fast, by May this spring ephemeral begins to go dormant.
Loss of suitable habitat and pollinators.
Fairly common in the Hudson Valley.
This herbaceous perennial can be grown from seed, but plants won't flower for 4-7 years. Bulbs (more accurately called corms) can be purchased for native plant gardening. Avoid moving wild plants, they don't transplant well.
Noted for growing in colonies that can be centuries old.