Oosting's Trillium (Trillium oostingii) in the Trilliums Database

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Spring ephemeral
Other: The above ground parts of Trilliums are scapes with three large, leaf-like bracts with the true leaves reduced to underground papery coverings around the rhizomes.
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Seeds are hydrophilic
Other info: Plants can be grown from seed, but it can take up to two years for fresh seed to germinate and another five to seven years for plants to bloom.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Trilliums are not bulbs and donít like drying out. They lose all living roots and will become limp and have little chance of surviving beyond the first season if bare rooted for any time.

Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 4:38 AM

"Trillium oostingii, also known as Wateree trillium, is a wildflower with a limited range, endemic to South Carolina. Wateree trillium grows under a canopy of deciduous trees such as bitternut hickory, black walnut, slippery elm, box-elder, and various oak species, in rich floodplain soils. Here it forms large colonies alongside mayapple, another spring-flowering herb.

Wateree trillium most closely resembles the sessile-flowered trilliums, T. lancifolium and T. recurvatum, but is distinguished from these chiefly by floral anatomy. In T. oostingii, the anthers are only slightly incurved and have much shorter filaments, resulting in a more compressed look. According to DNA sequence analysis, T. oostingii is more distantly related to either of these species than they are to each other.

Wateree trillium has three broadly rounded, mottled leaves atop a single, 10‚Äď30 cm stem. Its flowers have three green-yellow petals and three green to maroon sepals."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

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