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For Your Garden - June 2021

Native plants provide beauty as well as food and shelter for wildlife. Native species are adapted to the Illinois climate. They require little or no watering and are resistant to drought, insects and most diseases. Because they are perennials, you can welcome their presence year after year.

white trout lily (Erythronium albidum)

White trout lily grows in woods and fields throughout Illinois. Flowers are borne in April and May. The petals are white, and there may be some yellow inside the flower and some purple on the back of the petals. There are two basal leaves. The leaves may be spotted with purple. A single plant may be six to nine inches tall.

Classification and taxonomy are based on Mohlenbrock, Robert H. 2014. Vascular flora of Illinois: A field guide. Fourth edition. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale. 536 pp.

Illinois Range

Native Plant Information

For more information about Illinois native plants, visit our Native Habitat Descriptions, Requirements, and Plant Lists page. The following publications are available from the IDNR on our publications page.


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae

Illinois Status: common, native