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This genus contains around 30 hardy, tuberous perennials grown mainly for their attractive, nodding flowers with backwards curving petals. Also grown for their foliage, which may be attractively mottled with bronze. They are also known by the names adder’s tongue, fawn lily, trout lily and dog’s-tooth violet in different locations and are close relatives of the genus Tulipa, which contains tulips. Growth is in a clumping fashion and typical flower colours are pink, white or yellow. Many cultivars and hybrids have been developed from this genus for use in gardens as ornamental plants.