California Fawn Lily Erythronium californicum 'Brocklamont Inheritance'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
fawn lily 'Brocklamont Inheritance'


Erythronium californicum 'White Beauty', a cultivar known for its distinctive beauty, is a spring-blooming perennial that boasts graceful, lance-shaped leaves. The foliage presents an intriguing mottled pattern, with shades that can include a combination of green and maroon. One of the standout features of this plant is its striking flowers. The blooms, resembling nodding lily-shaped forms, are elegant and enticing. They are typically a soft white but may have subtle hints of pink or cream. The petals curve back gently, which gives the flowers their characteristic reflexed look. At the center of each bloom, a group of bright yellow stamens adds a vivid contrast, drawing pollinators and the eyes of admirers. This plant has a delicate and natural aesthetic, displaying a graceful droop that contributes to its woodland charm.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      California Fawn Lily, California Trout Lily

    • Common names

      Erythronium californicum 'Brocklamont Inheritance'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The most common common name for Erythronium californicum 'Brocklamont Inheritance' is California fawn lily. There isn't specific information suggesting that the California fawn lily is highly toxic to humans. However, as with many plants, it is generally advised not to ingest parts of plants that are not commonly recognized as edible, since they could potentially cause negative effects such as stomach upset or allergic reactions in some individuals. If symptoms do occur after ingestion, medical attention should be sought.

    • To pets

      California fawn lily, the common name of Erythronium californicum 'Brocklamont Inheritance', is not well-documented for toxicity in pets. However, precaution should still be taken to prevent pets from ingesting this plant because pets may have sensitivities to various plants not common to their diet, leading to gastrointestinal upset or allergic reactions. If you suspect your pet has ingested parts of the plant and is showing symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or unusual behavior, consult your veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: This plant features attractive mottled leaves and delicate, nodding flowers in a distinctive cream-to-yellow hue, enhancing the visual allure of gardens.
    • Pollinator Attraction: The bloom of the Erythronium californicum 'Brocklamont Inheritance', commonly known as the California fawn lily, attracts bees and butterflies, supporting local pollinator populations.
    • Spring Interest: As an early flowering plant, it provides a welcome burst of color in spring gardens when many other plants have yet to bloom.
    • Shade Tolerance: California fawn lily thrives in dappled shade environments, making it ideal for woodland gardens and shaded borders.
    • Low Maintenance: Once established, it requires minimal care, making it a suitable choice for gardeners who prefer plants that do not demand constant attention.
    • Naturalizing: This plant can spread over time to form natural-looking drifts, which are ideal for informal or woodland garden settings.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Erythronium californicum, also known as California fawn lily, can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, producing colors depending on the part of the plant used and the mordant employed.
    • The bulbs of the California fawn lily can be mashed and used as an adhesive or natural glue in small-scale or traditional craft projects.
    • The leaves of the California fawn lily can be incorporated into floral arts and crafts, particularly for making eco-printed papers or textiles.
    • California fawn lily's flowers are sometimes used in the culinary field as edible decorations for desserts and specialty dishes due to their delicate appearance.
    • The plant can serve as a photography subject for botanical photographers and nature-inspired art owing to its unique and photogenic blooms.
    • California fawn lily can be used as a natural insecticide when certain parts of the plant are boiled and the extract sprayed on other plants.
    • Dried California fawn lily petals can be incorporated into homemade potpourri mixes to add natural fragrance and color to a room.
    • The sturdy leaves of the plant can be used in creating small, handcrafted baskets or decorative weavings in certain indigenous cultures.
    • The plant is sometimes used in educational settings for botanical studies to teach students about native plant species and their habitats.
    • California fawn lily might be incorporated into themed gardens, such as woodland gardens or native plant gardens, to support local ecosystems and biodiversity.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The California fawn lily is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The California fawn lily is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Purity: Erythronium Californicum, also known as California Fawn Lily, often symbolizes purity due to its delicate and pristine white flowers.
    • Grace: The graceful arch of the Fawn Lily's stem and the dainty poise of its petals often lead it to be associated with elegance and poise.
    • Rebirth: Blooming in early spring, Fawn Lilies can signify new beginnings and the rejuvenation of nature, much like the idea of rebirth.
    • Prosperity: In some contexts, the lush growth and healthy bloom of Erythronium Californicum can be seen to represent abundance and prosperity.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The California Fawn Lily should be watered deeply once a week, ensuring that the soil is moistened thoroughly. During active growth, especially in the spring and fall, water approximately 1 to 1.5 gallons depending on soil type and weather conditions. In the summer, when the plant is dormant, reduce watering significantly to mimic its natural dry summer habitat. Overwatering during this period can lead to bulb rot, so it is crucial to let the soil dry out completely between watering sessions. Adjust the frequency based on rainfall, lessening the amount if precipitation provides natural hydration.

  • sunLight

    The California Fawn Lily thrives in dappled sunlight or partial shade, mimicking its natural woodland habitat. It should be planted where it can receive filtered sunlight through tree canopies or in an area that receives morning sun and afternoon shade. Direct afternoon sunlight can be too intense and should be avoided to prevent scorching of the delicate leaves and flowers.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The California Fawn Lily prefers moderate temperatures and is hardy in USDA zones 6 through 9. It can withstand minimum winter temperatures down to about -10 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal growing temperature for this plant is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit during its growth period in the spring. Excessive heat in summer dormancy is tolerated as long as the bulbs are kept dry.

  • scissorsPruning

    California Fawn Lily generally does not require regular pruning. After the flowers have faded, allow the leaves to die back naturally as they provide energy for the bulb for the next season. Cleanup of dead or yellowing foliage can be done in late summer or early fall. Pruning is only necessary to remove spent flowers or damaged leaves and to maintain plant health.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    California fawn lily thrives in a soil mix containing equal parts of loamy soil, leaf mold or peat, and sharp sand to enhance drainage. A slightly acidic to neutral pH of around 6.0 to 7.0 is ideal for this plant.

  • plantRepotting

    California fawn lily bulbs should be repotted every 2 to 3 years to refresh the soil and to accommodate any growth in the size of the bulb cluster.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    California fawn lily prefers moderate humidity levels, typical of its native woodland setting, but does not require excessively high humidity to thrive.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Use bright, indirect light and keep soil moist for indoor California fawn lily.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in dappled shade with moist, well-draining soil for outdoor California fawn lily.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Erythronium californicum 'Brocklamont Inheritance', commonly known as White Beauty, initiates its growth cycle with bulb germination followed by root development. The plant emerges early in spring, with a single leaf or a pair of mottled leaves per bulb. Soon after leaf emergence, flower stalk(s) grow bearing the distinctive white, nodding, lily-like flowers that are characteristic of the genus Erythronium. After pollination, often by bees, the flowers develop into capsule-like fruits containing seeds. The plant then enters a period of dormancy during the summer, with the above-ground foliage dying back as the plant conserves energy within the bulb. The cycle recommences the following spring, with new foliage emerging again from the perennial bulb, which may also produce offsets leading to clonal colony expansion.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method of propagation for Erythronium californicum 'White Beauty', commonly known as California fawn lily, is through division of the bulbs. This is best done in the autumn after the foliage has died back, as this is when the plant is dormant and less likely to be stressed by the process. Gently lift the clumps of bulbs and carefully separate the offsets from the mother bulb. Plant the offsets immediately at a depth of about three times their height—approximately 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10 cm), ensuring that they're spaced about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) apart to allow room for growth. The relocated bulbs will benefit from a location with dappled shade and well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Proper care during the next growing season should result in new plants establishing themselves and flowering within a couple of years.