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.

44 Comments on “The Thrillium of Trillium”

  1. Oh, the green eyes of envy!!! I’ve wanted to grow trillium, but by the time I decided to purchase some on-line, they were sold out. I didn’t however know they were hard to grow. I may actually have some native ones growing in my backyard, but their white flowers are small, only about an inch in diameter. Is that possible? They look like trilliums. Kudos to you. I find trillium are thrillium too.

  2. I love trilliums. I have trillium cuneatum, which has mottled foliage and maroon blooms, in my woodland garden. It is a a native growing naturally without any input or care from me. I would also love to have some white ones. They are pricey!

  3. That is exciting! I’ve never planted Trilliums. We were so fortunate that they were growing plentifully here before we moved in. I’ll never forget that first spring, when they popped up all over the woodland, and we discovered a new reason to love this property. They seemed to struggle a little in 2013–after the drought of 2012–but they appear to be filling back in during the years since. I love them, and I will miss them when it’s time for us to move away. I see from your photos that they look lovely with Virginia Bluebells. Enjoy!

  4. How amazing to have them in your yard! One of my favorites to see in the woods on a spring walk. Hope they keep coming back and spread to a nice big patch. I had a jack in the pulpit that lasted a few years and that was fun to watch grow.

  5. They look great and all the best for them multiplying and clumping up!
    I planted out a couple gift plants a few days ago and hopefully in two or three years I can also report some good news. Right now they look far less pleased than your plants do.

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