Avalanche Lily Definition

Either of two small western North American plants (Erythronium grandiflorum or E. montanum) in the lily family, having delicate golden-yellow or white flowers.
American Heritage
A wildflower (Erythronium montanum) of the lily family, native to the mountain meadows of Washington and Oregon and blooming in June among the melting snowbanks.
Webster's New World
  • Erythronium montanum

Origin of Avalanche Lily

  • So called because they grow near the snow line and bloom when the snow begins to melt

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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