No comment on trilliums?

Jim McKenney
Sun, 04 Jun 2006 05:52:39 PDT
Mark McDonough asked ".  What, Jim McK... no comment on any of these???"  

OK, you asked, so I'll reply.

I grow Trillium stamineum, T. vaseyi, T. catesbaei, T. rugelii, T.
grandiflorum in a double-flowered form among the ones you mention and also
many others (including some Asian species). At few years ago there were over
thirty Trillium species in this garden, but deer and drought have taken a
toll more recently. 

The double-flowered Trillium grandiflorum has never successfully matured a
flower here. 

The others are certainly charming or at least interesting. Many are worth
having for their foliage alone, and as you have mentioned some are
pleasantly fragrant (and some stink). 

And I've raised Trillium from seed to bloom. 

So yes, I share your enthusiasm in a big way. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where there are apparently no
surviving wild Trillium populations in the immediate area.

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From the complete absence of response, can I assume no one grows the
southeastern Trillium, except of course John Lonsdale who grows all of these

treasures.  How do these easy-to-grow yet lesser-known treasures grow for 
others. They're surprisingly hardy and successful here in northeastern USA.

Surely, there must be some comment.  What, Jim McK... no comment on any of
How do they grow for you all, do they set seed, can they be progagated, etc?

Are trillium just not as interesting as Alstroemeria, Ornithogalum, or 
seemingly anything else?

North America Trillium Key:…

Trillium reliquum…

Trillium stamineum…

Trillium lancifolium……

Trillium rugelii………

Trillium catesbaei………………

Trillium vaseyi……

Trillium grandiflorum 'Multiplex'…

Mark McDonough Pepperell, Massachusetts, United States "New England" USDA Zone 5
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