Trillium Time

The Large-Flowered Trilliums (Trillium grandiflorum) I planted a few years ago are slowly settling in and bulking up. It’s an elegant flower with its three gleaming-white petals.


It seems that the conditions in our back garden meet their requirements: shade, lots of organic matter, and reasonably moist soil.


I bought these Large-Flowered Trilliums on sale at Prairie Nursery about three years ago. They have made a very modest little patch, but even so they give me great satisfaction. Trilliums require a lot of patience, as they are slow to establish and slow to spread.


Meantime, the Prairie Trillium (Trillium recurvatum) we inherited from the last owners reappear reliably every May. They occupy a patch that has stayed pretty much the same size since we moved here 16 years ago.


The dark purple flowers and mottled foliage add a dramatic touch.

These are very special flowers. They will go dormant by summer, but while they are with us they spread a little of the magic of a woodland spring.

30 Comments on “Trillium Time”

  1. Beautiful trilliums, thank you! I enjoy your posts. If you are ever in the Phila area at trillium time, check out the display at Mt. Cuba. Although in Delaware, it is close enough to PA that we visit regularly. It is one of several old Dupont estates. This one dedicated to native plants of the Appalachian piedmont. There are fantastic gardens in our region!

  2. I’ve not seen the prairie trillium; they’re beautiful. With gardeners and native plant people posting trilliums from all around the country, I got interested, and found that there are native trilium species here in Texas. They’re confined to deep east Texas, and they certainly aren’t common. In fact, some call them rare — but they’re here. I’ve seen photos of them now, but no one who’s found them has spilled the beans on precisely where they are. It’s probably better that way.

  3. Wow Jason, I’ve very jealous of your trilliums! I want to have lots of them in the garden too but they have a reputation for being difficult to establish and slow to grow which has put me off. I’ve not seen them being sold often too. I’ll enjoy your patches of trillium magic in the mean time.

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