Purple Trillium

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Purple Trillium - Trillium erectum Hardy Planting Zones- 4-9 Sun or Shade – Full to Part Shade Mature Height - 12-18" Mature Width- 12" Bloom Season – Spring (March to May) Gardener Status- Beginner

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Purple Trillium

Purple Trillium -- Trillium erectum. Purple Trillium, a wildflower belonging to the lily family, is often found on forest floors and other areas of shade or minimal light. Purple Trillium is also commonly known by these names: Red Trillium, Stinking Benjamin, Purple Wakerobin, Beth Root and Wet Dog Trillium. An unpleasant odor is responsible for the nicknames "Stinking Benjamin" and "Wet Dog Trillium. As the name suggests, the trillium features three diamond-shaped petals on its single flower that rises on a long stem above the ground. The flower is set off by a whorl of three leaves just below the dark red petals. Mature plants reach between 10 and 18 inches high and can be found alone or in small groups. Flowers appear in spring, usually in April or May, and die back at the end of the summer. Once the flower has died, a single berry fruit will appear. Trillium seeds are spread by insects and mice which eat the fruit and distribute the seeds through their droppings.

Trilliums grow best in shade or indirect sunlight. They require some sunlight for their first spring blooming, and they prefer ground that is not overly moist. Although hearty when grown alone, other invasive plants can crowd them out. Purple Trillium is Unique. Purple Trillium is a gorgeous plant and is a perennial so that it will grow back each year. Purple Trillium does excellent in moist and well-drained soils and partial and fully shaded conditions. Purple Trillium has also been called Stinking Benjamin and Wake Robin. It will have a beautiful bloom which will have three purple petals. The purple trillium has varicolored leaves. It attracts butterflies. Trillium erectum, PurpleTrillium does not have any insect problems. This plant needs daily watering. The Purple Trillium blooms during the spring months, and when it does bloom, it produces a flower that is a deep vibrant purplish red color. The Purple Trillium plant is an excellent addition to any garden and would look fantastic with other flowers. They have a width spread of up to 18 inches. It has green stems and green leaves with a bright purple flower.



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