Sweet Beth

Trillium vaseyi

Photo/Illustration: 
Gene Bush
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Sweet Beth (Trillium vaseyi)
TRILL-ee-um VAY-see-eye
Genus:  Trillium
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 Characteristics:  Most 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. 
Care:  Provide 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.
Propagation:  Trilliums propagate readily by division when dormant in late summer or early fall.
Problems:  Smut, rust, fungal spots, slugs, snails.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Hazelnut,
Red,
White
Uses
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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