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Dog-tooth violet, Fawn Lily
Liliaceae – Lily family
A relatively small perennial herbaceous plant that gets it common name from the mottled appearance of the leaves. They resemble the spotted mottled appearance off the brook trout.
5-9 inches tall
A relatively small plant with one or two lanceolete basal mottled leaves 3 - 7 inches long and 1 - 2.5 inches wide.
he single flower appears on a single erect stem.
Each flowering plant develops a single yellow or white 6 petaled flower with conspicuous stamens. The flower petals are shaped like small daggers, or the canine teeth of a dog, hence one of the common names, Dog-toothed violet.
One of the first plants to appear in early spring is the Trout Lily. The flower petals are shaped like small daggers, or the canine teeth of a dog, hence one of the common names, Dog-toothed violet.
Rich soils of moist woods. They typically grow in large dense communities.
Wild Food Uses:
The leaves and are bulbs are fantastic. I absolutely love them as a trail nibble, or when added to salads. I especially enjoy adding this spring edible to omelets.
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I have read that some Native American tribes used the leaves to prevent conception. There is also some anecdotal evidence that eating the leaves have resulted in spontaneous miscarriage. While I have included this information, I cannot verify either of these claims.