White trillium

Trillium erectum var. album

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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White trillium (Trillium erectum var. album)
TRILL-ee-um ee-REK-tum variety AL-bum
Synonyms:  T. erectum f. albiflorum
Genus:  Trillium
This white-flowered form of red trillium has delicate, outward-facing petals with striking dark centers. At close range, it bears an unpleasant scent. Plants bloom in mid- to late spring, and grow to 14-20 inches tall and a foot wide.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Most trilliums are native to woodlands and scrub of North America. They make an elegant understory planting when grown in groups in a woodland or shady, naturalized area. Since trilliums go dormant in summer, plant them 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. Plant in part to full shade and give them an annual mulch of rich organic matter.
Propagation:  Trilliums propagate readily by division when plants are 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
Fragrant Flowers,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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