Trillium

Wood Lily

A sure sign that spring has settled in, these demure treasures are at home in cool woodland settings. Soon after their enchanting flowers fade, the handsome foliage disappears as well. Trilliums are long-lived, prefer humus-rich soil with ample moisture, and make admirable companions for Asarum, Toad Lilies, and ferns.

<i>Trillium albidum</i>

Hobnobbing in moist sites from San Francisco to southern Oregon, this native is robust and showy. Large subtly fragrant pearl white flowers are perched atop a dark green cushion of dappled, wavy edged spring foliage that rises on tall, often multiple, stems. In early summer, prominent purple berries keep our interest sparked.

Blooms mid-March – late April.

Size: 16" high x 10" – 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

This seldom offered woodland beauty grows wild throughout the southeastern regions of our country in dry oak and pine woodlands. Borne singularly atop an erect stem, each dainty nodding 1 ½ in. bloom features three unique sickle-shaped petals flushed with soft pink to darker rosy hues, punctuated by prominent golden yellow anthers, twisting in an irregular outward fashion. A purple-tinged green stem supports three handsome green whorled leaves, which don lustrous surfaces and upright elliptical outlines sharply tapering to pointed tips

Blooms April–May

Size: 12" – 18" high x 10" – 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

The quintessential native woodland plant, ‘Snowy White’ promises a sparkling display of pure white, three-petaled flowers. Wavy-edged, curved back at the tips and blushing a rosy hue as they wane, the regal blooms garnish attractive green foliage that easily carpets a cool, shady spot.

Blooms March–May.

Size: 12" – 18" high x 10" – 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Trillium luteum</i>

The broad foliage of this species is marbled with light green and yellow, echoing the colors of the showy flower. Ours is planted under a Myrica californica with Helleborus x hybridus and Asarum caudatum.

Blooms April–early June.

Size: 12" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Trillium sessile</i>

Its common name belies the simple elegance of this rarely offered Missouri woodlander. Three evenly spaced broad leaves forge a handsome platform for 2 in. high maroon blooms, which are mottled in shades of green, purple and white. Defined by 3 erect petals, the unique stalkless flowers gracefully embellish a clump-forming base, whose thick underground rhizomes will slowly colonize if left undisturbed.

Blooms April – May.

Size: 6" – 12" high x 6" – 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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