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Trillium vaseyi

Sweet Trillium, Vasey's Trillium, Sweet Beth

Scientific Name:

Trillium vaseyi

Genus:

Trillium

Species Epithet:

vaseyi

Common Name:

Sweet Trillium, Vasey's Trillium, Sweet Beth

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Trilliaceae (Trillium Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Red

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

Feb, March, April

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Cove forests, other rich forests. This species is a Southern Appalachian endemic: w. NC and e. TN south to nw. SC, n. GA, and ne. AL, but extending south into the Coastal Plain of GA and AL. Uncommon in NC Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Perhaps the largest trillium species, with the stems to 7 dm tall.

Emerging Plant

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Plants

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Bloom

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Bloom Close up

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Bloom f. elegans

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Seed Pod

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Size Comparison

The hand is 8.5" from wrist bone to finger tip

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Probable T. vaseyi X T. rugelii

Both parents are near by and note the long stamen and dark ovary.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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