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Trillium ovatum vs. Trillium grandiflorum

Posted by guaira_8 8 (WA) (My Page) on
Tue, May 6, 08 at 14:32

Hello there! I need some help identifying a plant... some absolutely beautiful trilliums came with the house we just bought, and are in full bloom right now. They were initially very, very white, and have now started turning pink/purple. They were most likely planted by one of the previous owners, because some of them are in places were they clearly cannot have remained untouched when the house was built and the yard was landscaped. I looked at the information online for Trillium ovatum and T. grandiflorum and was not able to find what exactly distinguishes one from the other. Any information will be much appreciated! Also, if pictures may be helpful, just let me know what it is that you need a picture of (e.g flower, bracts, scape, etc.), and I will post them online.

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RE: Trillium ovatum vs. Trillium grandiflorum

  • Posted by kwoods Cold z7 Long Is (My Page) on
    Tue, May 6, 08 at 15:59

Trillium catesbaei does that too (white to pink). They are "nodding" and have reflexed petals.

My grandiflorum are starting to get pink about now... never "purple" though.

RE: Trillium ovatum vs. Trillium grandiflorum

In all likelihood what you have is T. ovatum which is a western native whereas T. grandiflorum is native in much of the eastern half of the U.S.

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