Trillium erectum

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Buy Trillium erectum birthroot bulbs: Beautiful flowers and plain green leaves

  • 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.

  • CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs

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Notes on Trillium erectum

"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."

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Sorry this didn't do anything at all. It just didn't grow


Sorry to advise you that this didn't grow, not something I will buy again.




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Hi, Given that I will use compost with a lot of leaf mould will these do well in a pot ? Thanks


Hello there Trilliums are not ideal for containers as they need a moist, rich soil, and once they do get established they don't like being moved, but f you do try them in a pot, make sure that they don't get waterlogged. Hope this helps.

Trillium care 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. Jean

Barry Williams

Hello Jean Any general purpose fertiliser will do - just use half the amount they recommend on the box Best regards, Helen Plant Doctor

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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 Doctor

Barry Williams

Thank you for your e-mail ,but feed them a half dose of what?! Jean

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