One Several Important Thing(s) I Learned This Year
The official Ohio state flower is the carnation (a Mediterannean native!) but the official Ohio state wildflower is our native trillium. This past spring I visited Garden in the Woods and the horticulturist mentioned that white trillium petals turned pink after the flower has been pollinated. (I didn’t know that!) Since this is the first year I’ve had trillium in my garden it was the perfect opportunity to observe this beautiful spring ephemeral daily. These photos track the buds through flowering and setting seed. Observing the seed case I thought there would be one big seed inside. I was surprised when it burst open and scattered a whole bunch of shiny brown seeds on the ground. (I didn’t know that!) I learned it takes up to seven years for trillium rhizomes to produce a flowering plant. (I didn’t know that!) If you want to learn more about trillium seed development here is a fascinating article and another about propagation. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a plant nursery in NE Ohio that propagated our native woodland ephemerals so everyone could enjoy them in their garden?
More photos are here.