The Thrillium of Trillium
Sorry about the title, I just had to express how happy I am that we now have some White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) – in bloom – of our very own.
The White Trillium is certainly one of the most finicky members of the genus, but also one of the most beautiful. It does not like to be disturbed. It wants rich soil with consistent moisture, but not too wet. The plants are slow to mature, and spread at about a snail’s pace, and only if you have pleased them.
In short, it is one of those pain-in-the-ass plants I generally avoid.
But this flower has such a seductive yet elegant appeal. And so when I saw that Prairie Nursery was running a sale on White Trilliums, I had to buy some. That was 2015. The first spring they looked very fragile, and did not bloom at all.
Now this year we are seeing the first flowers. I look forward to seeing these plants grow together into a substantial clump. However, I’m keeping my fingers crossed.