On trilliums

aaron floden aaron_floden@yahoo.com
Mon, 05 Jun 2006 17:58:20 PDT
 As the other sole midwest voice I'll give my two
cents! I have seen all the same Trillium as John
Lonsdale in the wild. The Trillium cannot be beat in
early spring. They are fabulous, but sadly short
seasoned. This season is already fading. The only
Trillium still standing are those that set seed. Even
the early Phlox are done, with the summer ones just
starting. Now waiting for the first of the good
trumpet Lilium to start.

 If you want scent, find a wild location of discolor
and walk in to the woods during peak bloom. This past
spring I found a site that, upon exiting the car,
smelled of lemon cream soda! It was amazing. Some
cuneatum are orangy-vanilla scented, and some pumpkin
bread, and some.... Then there are the putrid species:
the aptly named foetidissimum, and stamineum, which is
like the worst foot fungus you could imagine in full
bloom on a warm day. 

 For foilage the sessile species cannot be beat.
Decipiens take the cake and then a form of underwoodii
that forms decent clumps. Reliquum provides the same,
if slightly earlier effect. 

 The pedicillates provide bloom later, except for the
early pusillum complex. Ozarkanum in one form is
miniature, the other wild populations I've seen are
quite large, relatively. Here a half hour south of Jim
Waddick, grandifloum forms decent clumps, but I do
have and excess of limestone a foot or less under the
topsoil. Sadly though vaseyi & simile have done the
worst. Most attribute it to the heat, but I think it
may be more the lack of water when the new roots
initiate in late May, just as the 3 month drought
begins each year. I am trying something new this year,
fingers crossed. Hybrids between rugelli and vaseyi
have done well and clumped up. To bad the flowers are

 I grow all of the eastern species, plus some, and
most have performed really well. Some selections have
done better than others, but few have been picky as to
location. A decent soil with some supplemental
moisture suits them well. 

 Catesbaei wants sandier soil, but I do have one clone
from the mountains of South Carolina that grows over
amphobolite (higher pH) that has done extremely well
in the garden here. 

 What about Paris? They have done moderatley well
here, and the flowers last, and last. 

 All the best,
 Aaron Floden

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