Erythronium Purple King is a vigorous and trouble free erythronium hybrid with beautifully shaped purple pink flowers held over bronzed green foliage. A spring flowering bulbous perennial, it has the growth cycle indicating that it is a woodland species in origin. Like so many other woodland plants the leaves emerge in early to mid February before tree cover leafs up, Erythronium Purple King is then in flower for most of the spring before its leaves die down for the summer dormant period.
Native to the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, erythroniums have similar requirements snowdrops, Hepatica, Trilliums and other woodland plants. They are easily grown in half shade – under deciduous trees is the perfect position for them and do particularly well in a deep loamy soil. They naturalise very well in the thin grass under trees, or around woodland evergreens such as Rhododendrons and Camellias. Like hellebores and snowdrops, Erythronium Purple King can look particularly superb when grown on banks or raised beds that allow the beautiful structure of the flowers to be seen clearly at close quarters.
Further information on Erythronium Purple King
If you like Erythronium Purple King and are interested in growing woodland and shade plants, you will find a great deal of further information and inspiration in the Shade and Woodland Plants Group section of the Hardy Plant society http://www.hardy-plant.org