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Wildflower Trillium – Growing Trillium And Care For Trillium Flowers
By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden
Trillium wildflowers are a sight to behold not only in their native habitat but also in the garden. These early spring bloomers are recognized by their whorl of three leaves and showy flowers. Click here for more.
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Look, don’t pick the beautiful Pacific trillium | Photo submitted by City of Arcata
On this first day of spring, you might be ready to emerge from your winter hibernation and get some fresh air and exercise on our many local trails. While hiking this season, you will likely see one of our local spring wildflowers the Pacific trillium (Trillium ovatum) — a white, three petaled flower that is usually found growing on the forest floor.
As much as you may be compelled to pick these beautiful flowers, the City of Arcata would like to remind you: please don’t! Picking trillium flowers or leaves can seriously injure the plant and even prevent it from growing the next year. Of course, in general, you should probably always operate under the “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints” concept while enjoying nature.
More from the City of Arcata Environmental Services Department:
DESIGNING WITH TRILLIUMS
- Combine with ferns and other spring-blooming wildflowers, such as blue phlox (Phlox divaricata), celandine poppy, bloodroot, Jacob’s ladder and foamflower.
- Plant a trillium where it can stay put so it can grow more spectacular from year to year, or create colonies.
- A place near a weathered limestone rock is ideal for species that prefer limey soils. The rock will make the soil more alkaline over time, provide a backdrop and protect against spring breezes and late cold snaps.
- To allow seedlings to develop, don’t let other plants crowd trilliums or leaf litter to become thick.
- Mark the location of rhizomes so you don’t dig up or damage them when they’re dormant.
- Clump-forming species can be focal points. Colony formers can create spring ground covers.
Photos taken at the Howe Wildflower Garden at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee.