Prairie Trillium

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We dig plants when your order is received, and ship immediately via US Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number via email when plants are shipped. All plants are packed to be safe in their packages for up to 3 days after receipt.

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We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This provides superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

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Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receipt unless weather prohibits. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water daily for the first week after planting.

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Prairie Trillium - Trillium recurvatum 

The Prairie Trillium, known to botanists as the Trillium recurvatum, is a prairie wildflower, originally found growing in central to eastern regions of the United States, in growing bordered by Iowa, Texas, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. The Prairie Trillium thrives in the conditions most commonly found in mesic zones. Mesic zones are common to dryer regions of the earth, where they store and distribute water in a symbiotic relationship with arid neighbors. The trillium relies on that available water supply. While somewhat adaptable, under the right conditions, the Prairie Trillium typically grows in soils rich with calcium carbonate, usually lime or chalk, often underlying prairie grasslands. Rarer to these types of conditions, the Prairie Trillium flowers each year and has fruit and is, in fact, an early and prolific bloomer amongst its trillium cousins. A typical bloom consists of 3 maroon-colored petals, usually under an inch and a half in length, extending to a recurved, claw-like tip. The fruit of the trillium is greenish-brown in color, defined by six ridge-like growths on its outer sides, surrounded by leaves, grouped in triads, and dark green in appearance. The seeds contain elaiosomes, a nutritious food source for ants who carry the fruit home to their hills, dispersing the discarded seeds as they go. Despite help from the insect world, the trilliums do not grow or spread too quickly. Most Prairie Trilliums reach a height of one to two feet, with a width of about 12 inches. These plants go dormant for much of the summer, so for garden purposes, they are best planted side-by-side with perennials. The Prairie Trillium is not high maintenance but does require moist, partially acidic soil and can be helped along by yearly mulching. These plants do not require any direct sunlight and do best in full to partial shade, usually developed for more naturalistic settings.

 

Prairie Trillium, or Trillium recurvatum, is a wildflower native to the woodlands of the central and eastern United States. It blooms in early spring with rich maroon blossoms that draw the eye and make for a vibrant addition to flower beds and landscaping features. Prairie Trillium's unique shape, its elliptic leaves surround and partially shroud the emerging blossom, gives the plant presence and ensures that it will stand out in dense plant arrangements. Trillium enjoys moist soil and can be used alongside ponds, fountains, and other water features. This quickly propagating plant grows to an average height of 1 to 3 feet and thrives in part to full shade.