Thursday, April 14, 2011

Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum)

Trillium cuneatum (Little Sweet Betsy) is a delightful spring ephemeral in rich eastern woodlands.  This photo (taken by my gardening companion) shows both the usual purple-flowered plants, along with a relatively-common yellow color morph. He describes this in his new blog Wildflower Ecology.

Trillium cuneatum
These are flowers normally enjoyed in 'gardens' in nature;  nursery-propagated plants are available, although pricey, as they take 5-6 yrs to become large enough to flower, when grown from seed.  If you see cheap (large) plants, they're likely to have been poached from the wild.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Rob said...

Trilliums - ah, now you're talking about my wife's favourite!! I had never encountered their common name before. Rob

April 16, 2011 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Rob,
Some of the other Trillium species have less appealing common name (Stinking Benjamin, etc.)

But they're wonderful plants, and this is a great year for them (flowering-wise) in our spring woodlands.

Lisa

April 16, 2011 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Loving your blog especially at the moment since we are 'between gardens'. Gardening vicariously through yours - and now Tims!
Rob

April 17, 2011 at 2:59 AM  

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