A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 12 – Red Trillium

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“Wake-Robin” – Spring 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA

“A Plant a Day till Spring” will highlight one plant a day, starting on the winter solstice (December 21, 2013)… And ending on the vernal equinox (March 20, 2014)… If all goes to plan I will be starting with old Snowdrop photos from 2013… And ending with new photos of Snowdrops in 2014…

Seven Days of Spring Wildflowers

Trillium erectum… Common names include “Wake-Robin”, “Red Trillium”… Or my favorite “Stinking Benjamin”… Is a flowering plant native to the eastern parts of North America… It is a spring ephemeral… And a herbaceous perennial that flowers before the trees leaf out… And then goes dormant after…

Like all Trilliums… Its parts are in groups of three… Three petaled flowers above whorls of pointed triple leaves… Often growing with three stems per rhizome… The flowers are a deep red color… Though there is a white form… The flowers smell really bad… Like rotting meat… Making them irresistible to the flies that pollinate them…

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“Trillium erectum – White Form” – Spring 2013 – Frick Park – Pittsburgh, PA

Trilliums rely on ants for seed dispersal… The seeds are surrounded in a sweet covering that5 ants love to eat… They collect them and transport them back to their nest… When the ants are finished they then discard the seeds in the back of the nest… Which also happens to be the perfect growing medium for the Trillium seeds…

Picking Trilliums… Or even parts of the Trillium can and will kill it… Even if the rhizome is left undisturbed… Some species are listed as threatened or endangered… ALL of them should be considered threatened as they are EXTREMELY sensitive to disturbances of any kind… Collecting wild specimens is illegal unless on private property… And even then it is highly unethical…

Trilliums will grow in a shade garden… And seed propagation is possible for very experienced gardeners… I have successfully germinated and flowered several species… As a general rule transplants almost always fail… The change in conditions is almost always more than a delicate wildflower can handle… If it were that easy… These plants wouldn’t be threatened…

plant petunias and question everything – chriscondello

New To writing and never had to site sources before… These “Plant a Day Till Spring” posts are simply intended to kill time until spring… My source is Wikipedia.org… The photography is all my own… And I am adding my own information… But much of this is just related from the web…

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2 thoughts on “A Plant A Day Till Spring – Day 12 – Red Trillium

  1. Beautiful photos, Chris!

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  2. narf77 says:

    They are hideously expensive to buy here in Australia and my chooks dug up the garden bed that I planted mine into so I guess I don’t have to ask why they didn’t come back the next year 😦

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