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Trillium erectum

 
Trillium erectum
wakerobin, stinking benjamin

Common name wakerobin, stinking benjamin
Family melanthiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-9)
Flowers red (spring)
Size 12-18"
Light part-full shade

Revered U.S. woodland wildflower. I bought a tiny plant in spring of 2010, planted it near a couple other trilliums in our woodland garden area, and more or less forgot about it – it never bloomed, and stayed small. So I was pleasantly surprised to see it finally bloom four years later. Still a small plant, and just a single flower – but now I have hope to see it develop into the "stunning large clump" as it is described on the Plant Delights Nursery website. It is rather later to return in spring than the other trilliums we grow (T. sessile and T. grandiflorum), not showing itself until late April.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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