Wondering through the garden yesterday, I was surprised to see my only Trillium kursbayashii already up out of the ground and ready to unfurl it's whirl of leaves.
The larger Trillium grandiflorums are barely poking their little heads out of the bark mulch and I haven't noticed any of the other varieties making an appearance yet either.
I bought this seedling at the Lan Su Chinese Garden's 2012 spring plant sale from a local grower. I bought small, as these babies can be pretty pricy, especially for larger/older plants, so I knew it would be a few years before I saw blooms.
This will be the first year it has bloomed!
(Giant Purple Wake-Robin) —
Stem erect, with large sessile leaves at top. Leaves to 6” long, 5” wide,
mottled with dark brown. Flowers sessile above leaves; sepals lance-shaped,
green, often marked with purple, 2–3” long, held horizontally. Petals erect to
spreading, oblong, widest near middle, 2–4 ½” long, dark liver red, often
becoming twisted with age. Grows in rich moist soils with deep humus, near
coast. Can form large colonies.