Plant of the Week: Pagoda yellow dogtooth violet

Popping up throughout the park, this small spring bulb can be easy to miss.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between the rail tracks after the trains stopped running. The High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our Gardeners’ current favorites.


With a spell of warm weather and great spring sunshine, bulbs and shrubs are blooming all throughout the park. Although it was difficult to narrow it down to just one plant to feature this week, High Line Gardener Maeve Turner chose a delicate yellow bloom that had “stolen [her] heart.” We hope you’ll feel the same.

Erythronium 'Pagoda,' or Pagoda yellow dogtooth violet, is a hybrid of two native American varieties. These delicate plants bloom mid-spring with 3 to 5 bright yellow lily-like flowers on a stalk.

Here at the High Line, you’ll find that the Pagoda yellow dogtooth violets between West 20th and West 21st Streets are ahead of their counterparts in the wooded area between West 21st and West 22nd Streets. The difference in sunshine has been enough to affect this change.


Between Gansevoort and West 14th Street and between West 20th and West 22nd Streets.

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