I'm sure I'm in good company, when I say that the Western Trillium is my favorite native plant of Spring! The first time I found one I had no idea that it was a Washington native. Researching the plant is almost as interesting as finding one! Almost impossible to cultivate, most of those sold in nurseries are collected in the wild. A very unethical thing to do - since a huge percentage die after being disturbed. Requiring seven to ten years to flower, they can live for thirty-years! These are rare gems!
|A large, fresh beauty~|
|A week later~|
|Thank you Joyce~|
They are very difficult o transplant. The bulb is very deep in the soil & the slightest disturbance is enough to damage it. Please don't pick them either... The bloom wilts almost in front of your eyes & without it's top - again - the bulb dies.
There are many good links on-line if you're interested enough to read up on these beauties. It's the thrill of finding that first one in the Spring & trying to capture it's stunning beauty with a photo, that I look forward to! Below are some good links!
Washington Native Plant Society
The Wild Garden