Red Trillium

Trillium erectum

Red Trillium blooms for up to three weeks before giving way to the berry-like fruits, which are eaten by birds and mammals. Although it is one of the hardiest Trilliums, and native to deciduous forests of the Northeast, it needs to receive ample …

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SKU
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Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Medium, Moist
Sun Exposure Partial, Shade
Height 1'
Bloom Color Red
Bloom Time Apr, May, June
Spacing 1'
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Root Type Rhizome

Red Trillium blooms for up to three weeks before giving way to the berry-like fruits, which are eaten by birds and mammals. Although it is one of the hardiest Trilliums, and native to deciduous forests of the Northeast, it needs to receive ample sunlight early in its growing season. For this reason avoid planting it on the north side of buildings, or areas where the sun doesn't warm the ground. Best planted in groups, this spring ephemeral combines well with other low-growing woodland wildflowers such as Virginia Bluebells and Shootingstar. Once established Red Trillium will form a clump with an increasing number of flowers. The established clumps can be divided in summer.

Trillium erectum requires a rich soil with consistent moisture and should be mulched with leaves to help maintain adequate moisture and acidity levels. 

Planting and Cultivation Notes
We recommend planting ephemerals in early fall while the soil is still warm, or in early spring. Spring installations will have some time to develop before summer dormancy, but will not produce flowers the first year. An early fall planting allows the roots time to establish properly before winter, and gives the plants a stronger start the following spring. This woodland species appreciates a generous application of leaf mulch in the fall.