Pink Trillium A Perfect For Zone 6
Pink Trillium, Trillium undulatum is a woodland wildflower natural to much of Central and Eastern United States. This wildflower is enchanting with three whorled leaves surrounding a large three-petaled pink flower.
The plant releases flowers in the summer containing approximately 16 seeds each. Ants or deer then disperse the seeds. Trillium thrives from northern Quebec to the Appalachian Mountains into north Georgia and then out to Minnesota and Iowa. It also grows in Nova Scotia and Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
Pink trillium is a rare wildflower. Rare wildflowers have a built-in dormancy which protects them from germinating during a drought or a frost. Because of this built-in protection, it takes a while for them to grow and bloom from seed. Some germinate quickly; others require lots of patience and take up to a few years.
Your seeds may need a moist warm period followed by a cold, humid period before successfully germinating. It could take 2 to 4 years of these alternating conditions before they grow and start to bloom. When planted, the seeds should be no lower than 1/8 of an inch under the soil.
Ants are responsible for moving trillium seeds an average of 10 meters and deer an average of one kilometer. The trillium is a favorite food of white-tailed deer. The deer love to forage trillium helps determine the deer population by the height of the trillium. Usually, when fully grown, the trillium reaches heights of 12 to 14 centimeters tall. Overpopulation of deer can easily lead to the plant's extinction in certain areas.
While only 20% of all transplants of trillium survive, if the plant is successful, it continues flowering after it begins year after year. This is a wildflower that thrives in the wild woodlands of cool to slightly warmer climates. It's a beautiful wildflower with large bold petals that can quickly bring visual enjoyment to a garden if they can successfully be transplanted or started from seed.