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Sweet Beth

Trillium vaseyi

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This trillium bears the largest flowers in the genus—almost 4 inches across. Growing to almost 2 feet high and not quite as wide, it is also one of the tallest trilliums. Its chocolate-red blossoms (occasionally white) boast strongly curved petals and prominent stamens. They appear just beneath the leaves in mid- to late spring.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsMost trilliums are native to woodlands and scrub of North America. Grown in groups in a woodland or shady naturalized area, they make an elegant understory planting. Because they go dormant in summer, plant trilliums with other shade-loving perennials to share their place until they reappear the following spring. 

CareProvide rich, moist, but well-drained soil with a neutral to acidic pH in partial to full shade.Add an annual mulch of rich, organic matter.

PropagationTrilliums propagate readily by division when dormant in late summer or early fall.

ProblemsSmut, rust, fungal spots, slugs, snails.

  • Genus : Trillium
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
  • Bloom Time : Late Spring, Spring
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Red, White
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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