WORTH THE WAIT

Landscape (UK) - - In The Garden -

Af­ter plant­ing from seed, the pa­tient gar­dener must tend Tril­lium chloropeta­lum for five to seven years. In its first year, it pro­duces a root; in its se­cond, a shoot. When it fi­nally reaches ma­tu­rity, a sharp-petalled flower emerges from a bil­lowy col­lar of three huge green leaves. The bloom can vary from white to deep red, with a sweet, rose-like perfume. Although it takes time to de­velop, the plant is also ex­tremely long-lived, pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent ground cover and a strik­ing fo­cal point. A rhi­zoma­tous plant, once es­tab­lished, it can be lifted and di­vided to pro­vide in­ter­est in dif­fer­ent cor­ners of the gar­den.

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