Definition of erythronium in US English:



  • A plant of a genus that includes dogtooth violet.

    Genus "Erythronium", family "Liliaceae"

    • ‘‘Pagoda’ is one of the most commonly available erythroniums.’
    • ‘There, erythroniums are naturalised in grass and look wonderful when they flower in late February and March.’
    • ‘To add to your tulips and erythroniums, you may consider Fritillaria meliagris, which is a pink-and-white British native.’
    • ‘Under the trees are clumps of hellebores, erythroniums, and trilliums.’
    • ‘Although light shade is usually recommended for erythroniums, the nurseryman had found ‘Pagoda’ to do well in brighter conditions and he advised an open, sunny spot.’


Modern Latin, from Greek (saturion) eruthronion ‘red-flowered (orchid)’.