Willowly woodlander with plain-green leaves supporting slender stems of three-pronged whirligigs with wide-spaced, translucent (usually) wine-red petals - gappy enough to reveal the dusky supporting three sepals beneath.
- Position: deep or partial shade
- Soil: humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: April
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The flowers on this variety can be variable, and can appear in shades of white, yellow or purple. They are however usually a deep beetroot-red. The other distinguishing feature of this variety is its plain green leaves, so choose this one if you are not a fan of leaf variegation. It is a native of east and north-eastern areas of North America and is very hardy.
These plants are quite hard to grow and will take some time to establish large clumps, so they are better suited to the more experienced gardener.
- Garden care:Plant rhizomes 5cm deep and 5cm apart in autumn. Once planted they are best left undisturbed so they can build up their numbers. Mulch in the autumn with a generous layer of leafmould.
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Hello, Thank you for my Trillium bulbs which arrived this morning, even though there is a strike! Can you give me any help with teh care of them only I 've never been very successful so far with growing them. I plant them and they just disappear never to be seen again! So any help you can give would be appreciated. JeanAsked on 10/29/2009 by Barry Williams
A:Hello Jean Any general purpose fertiliser will do - just use half the amount they
recommend on the box Best regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 10/29/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Jean, These plants like a partially shaded spot with ordinary soils that have a near-neutral pH. They like lots of leaf litter, but you should avoid using peat if possible as it holds too much water. Plant the rhizomes 5cm deep and 5cm apart and feed them with a half-strength dose of general purpose fertiliser before the leaves appear. Nearly all of them can cope with summer drought, but they can be damaged by late frosts. Once planted they are best left undisturbed so they can build up their numbers. Mulch in the autumn with a generous layer of leaf mould. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 10/29/2009 by Barry Williams
A:Thank you for your e-mail ,but feed them a half dose of what?! JeanAnswered on 10/30/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk