Try a Trillium for a shady spot in the garden
Trillium are really lovely flowers that blooms in early spring and comes in a variety of colors, red, white and yellow. The trillium grows wild in my area sometimes capeting a large area of moist shady woodland, so it's easy to see what kind of conditions support it's growth. The blooms have three large showy petals which are quite striking in the forest. It is an understory plant which could be grown in the shade of other taller flowers.
It is an interesting plant because the seeds are spread mostly by ants. It should be noted that deer love Trillium and will eat it to the exclusion of other choices. It is considered endangered in some areas. Picking the flowers is very damaging because it keeps the plant from producing the food necessary for new growth and so weakens it, so it cannot be used as a cut flower.
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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at June 10, 2011 7:30 AM