More Information About Trillium
Plant Delights Nursery has one of the largest trillium plant propagation programs in the world (Check out out our Trillium photo gallery). As more and more of our nursery seed-propagated trillium selections reach flowering size, we are able to offer more of these great native woodland perennials to you. We now have nearly 10,000 trillium plants in production, encompassing a range of Southeast US native species, with a special focus on the lesser-known sessile trillium species.
Plant Delights has one of the largest offerings of nursery propagated trillium plants for sale in the country. Trillium generally take from 4-7 years from seed to produce a flowering-size plant, so nursery-propagated trillium prices will never be able to compete with those which are simply dug from the wild.
Despite myths to the contrary, trilliums are easy-to-grow woodland perennials, preferring light shade and a compost-amended garden soil. Try pairing Trilliums with other ephemeral spring flowers like arisaema, woodland phlox or cyclamen. Or pair it with plants that will continue the floral show when the trilliums are done. We suggest Amorphophallus, Calanthe, Tricyrtis or some of the smaller Hosta cultivars.
Trilliums are spring ephemeral perennials, whose yearly life cycle is compressed into a short 6-8 week period in late winter or early spring before the trees leaf out. Trillium's ephermeral life cycle does not mean that they have a small impact in the woodland garden. Quite the opposite. The lovely leaves, flowers and architecture of trilliums in springtime leaves an impression that lasts for the rest of the year.
Trilliums have an interesting anatomy....the 3 "leaves" that give trillium plants their characteristic form are actually bracts. The true leaves are greatly reduced structures that surround the underground rhizome. Trillium seeds are also fascinating...they are attached to a nutritious structure called an elaiosome that insects love to eat. When trillium seeds are ripe, ants and wasps carry them to their nests where they consume the elaiosome and leave the seed to germinate...a horticultural win-win situation.
Trilliums are divided into two main groups...the sessile trilliums whose flower sits on top of the leaf, and the pedicellate trilliums, whose flower is attached to the leaf by a short stem (pedicel). One common American native trillium, Trillium sessile is even named for this floral trait. When you are ready to buy trillium plants for your woodland perennial garden, please check out our list below which includes a wide selection of nursery propagated trillium plants for sale.
Check out our video: Trillium Production at Plant Delights Nursery
Trillium production from seedling to flower at Plant Delights Nursery.