Trillium grandiflorum

One of the highlights of spring in the Finger Lakes, the great swaths of white Trillium seen in historic photos is hard to find these days. Deer, and habitat loss, are the main culprits. Trillium is protected in NYS - it takes 5-8 years to bloom, and picking one removes ALL of that year's energy intake. No more stalks or leaves until the following season. 

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First year growth is underground, then cotyledon (12 months), first true leaf (24 mo). Typical 3-lobed leaf after roughly 36 months.
R Parker

Mentioned in Solidago

Plant Information

Common Name(s): 
White Trillium
Large-Flowered Trillium
Herbaceous Plants - Annuals, Biennials, Perennials
Part Sun
Part Shade
Humus-rich Woodland
Recommended for gardening
Used in traditional 19th century gardens

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