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Purple Trillium is a colorful addition to any garden. It is native eastern North America but can be grown in gardens almost anywhere. It doesn't thrive as well in nature, as it is on protected species lists in several states. It blooms early spring until mid-summer and thrives in shady areas like forests. It has three each of leaf, sepal, and petal, which is where it gets its name.
The Trillium is a more small flower with a large spread. The very well-defined three leaves around the Purple Trillium cradle the flower neatly, for an attractive presentation. Its bold red/purple color creates a sharp contrast with surrounding foliage. Occasionally flowers will be white or yellow. The flowers produce a scent which can attract flies, which is how it got the nickname "stinking Benjamin."
Mature Height: 6 - 12 inches
Botanical Name: Trillium erectum