Liliaceae
Erythronium montanum

Avalanche Lily

Erect flowering stem from pair of plain green leaves. Leaves shiny, 4–8 in. long, half as wide, with undulating edges and sharply pointed tips. Raceme of 1–4 flowers tops stem. Flowers glistening white, yellow to orange-yellow at base, sometimes turning pink with age. Grows in damp meadows at upper mid- to high elevations. Blooms just after snowmelt, sometimes in spectacular large patches.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Spring
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--8 inches
  • Habitat: Alpine, Subalpine
  • Found In: Mt. Rainier NP, Olympic NP, Vancouver Island, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes