Trillium Plants - Ephemeral Perennials for the Shade Garden

Trillium Plants - Ephemeral Perennials for the Shade Garden

By Published December 2019 Updated July 2022

Like the mythical town of Brigadoon in Scotland or Germelshausen in Germany, the Trillium plant appears for a short period of time, displays its beauty to the world and disappears again. Luckily for us, Trillium plays this ephemeral game of hide and seek on a yearly schedule instead of by the century. Trillium plants are spring ephemerals, whose yearly above ground life cycle occurs in just 6-8 weeks in early spring. They spend the rest of the year hiding dormant underground. However short-lived it may be, Trillium is worth waiting for. The plants display a characteristic three-whorled leaf atop a short stem. Above the leaf is a lovely 3-petalled flower.

There are two types of Trillium nurseries and Trillium collectors in the world, the ethical and unethical. As a grower of ethically propagated Trillium plants we strongly urge those who want to buy trillium to only patronize nurseries who propagate from nursery stock instead of wild collecting. Many wild trillium populations are over harvested by poachers and are under stress. The unethical nurseries are unwilling to wait the 3-7 years that it takes to produce a trillium crop. Let's encourage them to stop harming this plant in the wild by only buying trilliums from nurseries who take the time to produce it.

Plant Delights Nursery has nearly 10,000 trillium plants in production, from a variety of American native species. We are serious Trillium propagators and have one of the largest collections of trilliums for sale in the U.S. As they mature, we pot up the largest Trilliums and add them to our web site. Our crops sell out very fast so when Trilliums come online, you need to step lively and get your order in. Please bookmark our Trillium page and check it often.

Trillium Trivia : There are 2 types of trillium, the sessile trilliums whose flower sits on top of the leaf, and the pedicillate trilliums, whose flower is attached to the leaf by a short stem.

Welcome to Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens. We are a private research and display botanic garden located near Raleigh, North Carolina (USDA Hardiness Zone 7b). Our retail mail order division allows us to make the best perennials from our trials available to gardeners around the world, some of which were developed here, some from our plant explorations, and others from breeders around the world. Between 1988 and 2010, Plant Delights Nursery introduced over 500 new perennial plants to US horticulture. In 2002, we were honored to be recognized by the American Horticulture Society for our lifetime of work in commercial horticulture. This image gallery is but a sampling of the great perennial plants available for gardeners around the world. We do not carry all plants pictured at any one time, but since our mission is to educate and inspire, we hope these images and the linked articles below will expand your garden horizons and interest. You will find an array of other interesting information and fascinating perennials throughout our website...thank you for taking time to visit.

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