[Trillium-l] Yellow pigment in sessile species

The Grahams eldergrahams at me.com
Sat Dec 29 04:15:27 CET 2012

On Dec 24, 2012, at 5:24 PM, Charles Hunter wrote: about Christmas Trilliums 
> For regular maculatum like the ones that grow wild near you, if you try to peel back the sepals on a flower bud to try to see what color the flower will be, often the petals are yellow, but when the flower opens, the petals are usually maroon- evidently the color comes into the flower petals later than when the petals are formed, often right before bloom time.

Interesting observation and thanks for sharing.

Below is a kurabayashii that I found last Spring. It was looking to be an impressive Yellow, BUT it bloomed maroon when fully open. There were a number of yellows and maroons already open in the immediate area.

Seems the Trilliums on both coasts can and do perform in similar manners...


Russell Graham, Purveyor of Plants, Salem, OR, Zone 8 (7)

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