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If you can find someone with Trilliums, ask if you can dig up a few. Trilliums love shade, but I was able to save some from the lawn and move them into my gardens(last year). This year they came back up great. After digging up, plant right away.
I have great success with the native trillium, but my red ones don't do well. One has come up again this year but it is very small, and the other one never reappeared. We do have some moles in the area, and I wonder if they might be eating the roots. Yours is great, and it is nice to see what it looks like. Dody J
The following species of Trillium are native to Ottawa (Source: Case and Case (1997) Trilliums): T. erectum (Ill-scent Trillium) – var. erectum is typical red variety, which is featured above; var. album is white and occasionally seen. T. cernuum (Nodding Trillium) - white T. grandiflorum (Large-flower Trillium) - white T. undulatum (Painted Trillium) – var. undulatum is typical white variety with inverted V-shaped red mark radiating outward on the petal; var. enotatum is white, but lacks red V.
Photographs available at: http://www.mcelroy.ca/flora/checkList.shtml; http://fp.trilliums.plus.com/Trillium%20Photographs.htm.
Very nice I have never seen Red either, I do have a picture of a white one. I live in Ottawa and my in laws have a cottage in Otter Lake Quebec. There seems to be many of them in the area, but all white :o)
The picture of your red trillium is just beautiful! I have a small group of yellow trillium ( the flower is quite a bit different) in my front border (north side of house) that I purchased a few years ago from a nursery. They are developing very slowly, but then again, they are not in their natural, woody environment. I would re-plant it in my back yard (a bit more shade; however, the ground is very dry under my big oak trees. At least they get plenty of water where they are and are shaded somewhat by the larger hosta in the border. They do tend to die back during the heat of the summer, but show up again the following spring.
We use to live down near Long Point and there were Black Trilliums.......I wonder now if they were just so dark red, that they black. Does anybody know the answer to this one?
Yes, I believe this is indeed the case. The concentration of anthocyanins (the pigment responsible for the color red in Trillium and many other plants) can vary considerably both between populations of a species as well as from one species to another and can be quite dramatic in hybrids between members of the T. erectum complex. For more information on Trillium, I recommend the following:
_Trillium_ by Fred Case, considered by Trillium enthusiasts to be the definitive work on the genus.