Description: Bears a showy dark reddish-purple to maroon flower on a slender stalk; pollinated by flies; dark red, globose, 6-angled berry matures in summer
Habit: Erect stem grows 8 to 16 inches high
Culture: Prefers part to full shade, and rich loamy, woodland soil, regular water with good drainage; performs well in gardens and will naturalize
Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 through 9
Trilliums are one of the most spectacular wildflowers of the eastern deciduous forests. Eighteenth-century plant explorers sent many species to Europe where Swedish taxonomist, Carl Linnaeus, classified them. Philadelphia nurseryman and botanist John Bartram sent rhizomes to his friend Peter Collinson in London during the 1700s, and it was described as a “rather pretty garden plant” by a Boston plantsman in 1870. American naturalist John Clayton included Trilliums in his Flora Virginica, 1739, a text in Jefferson’s library. The other common name—Stinking Benjamin—refers to the unpleasant aroma of the flowers.
This plant will ship bare root. Grade: #1 zone3,zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9
Bare root planting tips:
- If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
- Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
- Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.