Pictured: Trillium flexipes
Trilliums normally take from five to eight years to flower when propagated from seed, thus few nurseries carry them and, when they are sold, are frequently prohibitively expensive. If you ever find flowering-size trilliums that are not pricey, question if they were dug from the wild, something we strongly discourage.
Two years ago we had the rare opportunity to connect with a person who has been growing trilliums from seed for 20 years and does not sell them until they are at, or near, flowering size. Most of the species are sold in special tube pots that are nearly a gallon and the plants, when leafed out, are about a foot tall and eight to ten inches wide.
We will be selling a limited number of these plants at our Spring Plant Sale but, much like we did two years ago, we’ve decided to take pre-orders so that more people will be able to grow this iconic spring wildflower. This year we are able to offer eight species, all of which are native to Alabama:
- Trillium cuneatum, sweet Betsy, purple toadshade
- Trillium luteum, yellow wake-robin, lemon trillium
- Trillium sulcatum, southern red trillium, furrowed wake-robin
- Trillium flexipes, nodding trillium, bent trillium
- Trillium vasyei, sweet wake-robin, trinity flower
- Trillium erectum, red trillium, purple trillium
- Trillium grandiflorum, great white trillium, white wake-robin
- Trillium simile, jeweled wake-robin, sweet white trillium
To see images of each of these species, simply Google them.
The prices for these treasures differ depending on the species, and for a preorder we need a minimum order of five plants. If you prefer to purchase single plants, we will have them at the Spring Plant Sale, while they last. Included with each order will be complete planting and cultural information. The last time we conducted this pre-order, some individuals who didn’t want to pay the cost for five plants, teamed up with a friend to split an order.
If interested in placing an order, please go to this page, print it out, fill in the appropriate spaces and return it to Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens by mail or in person We must have your order in hand by no later than Wednesday, March 26, along with your payment (no cash, please).
Plants will be available for pickup beginning Friday, April 2. Should our source run low on any species, we will fill orders in the order they are received.
Note: A well-known, popular specialty nursery is selling these same plants for $22-$30 each, plus shipping cost!
Questions? Please contact: John Manion, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator at firstname.lastname@example.org