Thursday, April 2, 2009

Trilliums Emerging

Somewhat surprising, I found a few Trilliums growing out in the yard. This particular one photographed I planted at this time about last year. It didn't grow then because it had already attempted that in the bag. Other Trilliums that I planted around it also didn't grow and I don't think are coming up either. I really question why garden centers and stores sell these to be planted in late winter and spring. The least they could do is store them outside.

One reason could be that squirrels and rodents like eating them. I know I planted a bunch in the fall as well and I'm certain nearly all of those were dug up and devoured. The thing is though that this is easily avoided. Just water them after you plant, because squirrels don't like digging in wet soil. Placing chicken wire down is another precaution to prevent things from digging in general. Lastly throw leaf litter down to hide the open soil.

I'll post back with more about this plant when it starts flowering. They are ideal for shade and best off all Ants are the main way their seeds are distributed.


  1. Question: this emerging trillium photo was taken in April? I'm waiting here in No.VA at the end of March and hoping . . .

  2. Yes I've found Trilliums to emerge faster than most of the bulbs you see around. The Daffodils, Tulips and Hyacinths have all had green foliage since the beginning of March, where as my Trillums have just now started to emerge. I have the same species planted all over and so far I'm only seeing the smaller, younger, plants in the front garden coming up. The ones outback have yet to break the surface. So give it a few weeks time. Some species come up much later than others as well.