Trillium Albidum is one of about thirty species of these fully hardy Spring flowering perennials occurring mainly in woodland areas of North America.
All have upright or nodding flowers with three petals, grows best in a moist shady border or woodland setting, colours of red, pink, white or yellow.Trilliums tend to be slow growing and dislike direct competition from other plants, they are also rather expensive.
The white one above is Trillium Albidum, I did have it listed as Grandiflorum previously. However a member of the Trillium enthusiast group in the Netherlands John Aipassa brought to my attention that it was in fact Albidum and not Grandiflorum. I have checked this out further and John is indeed correct.
Albidum is the earliest to flower in our garden, usually starting to bloom late March early April. This one also seems more vigorous than some of the others. The white upward facing flowers are quite long and almost floppy which is quite unusual for trillium, the yellow anthers are also rather conspicuous.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Height – 45cm
This little red beauty Trillium Erectum was also in flower in our woodland on May 5th, I think it is also known as Erecta! if you know differently please let me know. Growing conditions are the same as for Grandiflorum. This one although dependable is extremely slow in developing, it has been in our garden for seven years and is now only a little larger than it was when planted. I still look forward to seeing it survive the Winter and pushing through the soil in mid March.
—MAIL ORDER—Trillium Erectum
Here we have Trillium Grandiflorum Flore Pleno, the last of the three Trilliums which we have in our garden. Flowering at the same time as Erectum, the pure white double flowers of Flore Pleno are absolutely charming don’t you think. Once again speed of development is dead slow and stop.
A visit to Crathes Castle on Deeside about 13 miles from our house offered me the chance to see and photograph the Trilliums in there beautiful and historic gardens. Here they are below.
Trillium Grandiflorum Roseum
Trillium Erectum en masse
This one is indeed Grandiflorum.