Birthroot

Trillium erectum

Birthroot - Trillium erectum

Common Name: Birthroot
Genus: Trillium
Species: erectum

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.50 m (50 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Most commonly dark reddish-purple but occasionally white, yellow or purple upright or outward facing flowers appear above the whorls of plain green leaves in spring. Choose this cultivar if you are not a fan of leaf variegation. Ideal woodland plants which are native to east and north-eastern areas of North America. It is very hardy and will thrive in deep moist but well drained, preferably acidic soil.

  • Garden care:Plant rhizomes 5cm deep and 5cm apart in autumn. Once planted they are best left undisturbed so they can build up their numbers. Mulch in the autumn with a generous layer of leafmould.

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