Wanted: Trillium for my Backyard Garden

Trillium kurabayashii at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens - I want this for my backyard!

Trillium kurabayashii at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens – I want this for my backyard!

Trillium is at the top of my perennial wanted list. We discovered the plant on a recent field trip to the Bellevue Botanical Gardens.

On foliage alone, I want Trillium varieties much like these. The large flat horizontal leaves have stunning shapes and variegation. I fell in love with the plant before the flowers fully showed up. It’s a natural for my garden, because Trillium is a shade-loving Washington native. As a monocot, each plant has three leaves and three-sided flowers.

West Seattle nursery didn’t have any in stock. The owner explained that Trillium does not do well in containers, which eliminates a greenhouse source. The nursery had a supply from a guy who grew it on a Delridge-area hill, but he moved away. Turns out that Lincoln Park in West Seattle was once full of Trillium, but people harvested it to the point of extreme scarcity.

With a tight supply, my first Trillium is going to cost me. I can probably find some at native plant nurseries or sales. I need just a stalk to get started, and then it will take a couple of years to fill out.

The plant is such a big part of the Bellevue Botanical Gardens that the gift shop is named the Trillium Store. I appreciate their Trillium collection, and will visit it again.

Trillium luteum - The yellow flowering plant would be a welcome addition to my shade garden.

Trillium luteum – The yellow flowering plant would be a welcome addition to my shade garden.

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2 Responses to Wanted: Trillium for my Backyard Garden

  1. Robert Lopez says:

    …trillium is worth it and yes it takes time to establish, good luck 😉

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