Trillium erectum’s single whorl of diamond-shaped leaves clasp its 6-18 in. stem. Perched 1-4 in. above the leaves is a single, nodding, crimson flower with three petals curved slightly backward. The petals wither in 2-3 weeks, leaving a fleshy, berry-like fruit. The solitary, nodding flower, with an unpleasant odor, rises on a stalk above a whorl of 3 broadly ovate, diamond-shaped leaves. Attracts birds.
Blooms spring, early summer
Part shade (must be grown in an area where plant receives ample sunlight in spring)
Moist, acidic, humus-rich soils
Deer will browse.
photo credit: Amy G!