Red Trillium

 - Trillium erectum

Light: Partial, Shade
Soil: Sand, Loam, Clay
Moisture: Medium, Moist
Height: 1'-18"
Blooms: Apr, May, Jun
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6
Color: Red
Spacing: 1'
Root: Corm

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The crimson bloom of Trillium erectum lasts for up to 3 weeks before giving way to fleshy berry-like fruit. Birds and mammals eat the berries. 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 siting it on the north side of buildings, where there isn't much early season sunlight. It requires a rich soil with consistent moisture and should be mulched with leaves to help maintain adequate moisture and acidity levels. 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.

Other names include Purple Trillium, Stinking Benjamin and Wakerobin.

Planting Tips: Spring-blooming ephemerals do particularly well when planted in early fall while the soil is still warm. Fall planting allows the roots time to establish properly and gives the plants a stronger start the following spring. This woodland species appreciates a generous application of leaf mulch in the fall.

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