Trillium grandiflorum was one of the first wildflowers I learned to recognize.
rilliums have charmed and fascinated me ever since my days as a Girl Scout, when I learned to identify a few wildflowers. With three leaves and three petals, trillium practically named itself (tri = 3) and was easy to remember. I never set out to have a trillium collection, but I’ve never turned down an opportunity to acquire a new one, either. With my recent purchase of T. luteum
, I now have five, possibly six, different trillium growing in my garden, and I thought I’d share them for Wildflower Wednesday.
Either a smaller T. grandiflorum, or possibly a different species?
These trilliums appear to be T. grandiflorum
, but they are much smaller. (See photo below which illustrates the difference in size.) I don’t even remember when or from where I got them, but they have had several years to grow larger, and they haven’t. So I am not certain if they are really the same plant, or a different species.
Trillium recurvatum with offspring
I bought Trillium recurvatum
at a plant sale several years ago. It was one bitty little thing, and I breathed a sigh of relief when it emerged from the ground after its first winter. This spring it has grown much taller than in past years, and I’m so pleased to see the seedlings growing around it.
bears a superficial resemblance to T. recurvatum
. They both have red flowers and mottled leaves. But the sepals of T. recurvatum
curve down and point to the ground, while those of T. cuneatum
point up. The leaves have different shapes as well. These four trilliums grow in the same bed, and the size differences are easier to see when you view them simultaneously:
These four trilliums all grow in Fern Alley. Click on image to enlarge it.
I bought T. cuneatum from Sunshine Farm and Gardens
, but here’s one trillium I acquired just by moving here:
Trillium erectum grows wild on our property.
grows along the bank of the side brook, and I have also seen it growing in other spots along the glen. It seems to be fairly common in our area.
Last Saturday I went to a multi-vendor plant sale at the Ithaca High School in upstate NY, and I purchased T. luteum from the Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society–of which I am a member, which qualified me for a discount.
Trillium luteum, a recent purchase
This trillium will join the others in Fern Alley, which is a nursery bed for my spring ephemerals. Eventually I hope to divide my trilliums following Margaret Roach’s instructions
and plant them along the side brook where T. erectum
already grows. But for now, I am just enjoying them.
Posted for Wildflower Wednesday, created by Gail of Clay and Limestone, to share wildflowers/native plants no matter where you garden in the blogasphere. “It doesn’t matter if we sometimes show the same plants. How they grow and thrive in your garden is what matters most. It’s always the fourth Wednesday of the month!”