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Erythronium Pagoda


Dogu2019s Tooth Violet

Unusual 'nodding' flowers

You know spring is here when the bright yellow, lily-like flowers rise on sturdy stems above the lush leaves of this charming little plant. Its showy leaves are bright green, mottled with darker green and bronze and create a lovely combination with the flowers.


Best in a shady spot, ideal for a woodland border or use in a container to brighten up a dull corner. When it finds a spot it likes it can spread to form and impressive clump.


Loves a fertile, rich soil that is free draining but does not dry out in summer. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - homemade garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Dog' tooth violets are native to Eurasia and temperate North America. They are not true violets, and the common name refers to the shape of the bulb.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Spring bulb
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Rock garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing August - September

Check store availability

Erythronium pagoda (1.5 litre pot) £7.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From April to September