Phlox divicarta - Wild Sweet Williams or Blue Phlox - These are easy to grow spring flowers everyone
should have in their yards. I have collected several color and blossom shape varities of this plant.
Above left is a sky blue with fuller form and larger flowers. Above right is a really beautiful reddish
colored one, it is a very heavy bloomer. This phlox has an incredibly strong perfume that everyone
loves, hence the name Wild Sweet Williams. In the spring my yard is full of these plants some
self-seeded, others I move where I want them.
Below in the picture with the white trillium are some of the wild ones on my creek. The woods here
are full of these plants.
Trilliums (Wake Robins)- One of most spectacular woodland plants in the southeast, we have several
species on the Applachian plateau, most of which I grow. They need rich woodland slopes with good
Above left is Trillium grandiflorium, the great white trillium, it has a beautiful white bloom on a stalk
slightly above the leaves. It forms large colonies in the mountain areas here, behind my house in the
ravine there is a patch about 50 feet across and 100 feet down the slope, when in bloom it turns the
whole hillside white.
Above right is Trillium Erectum also called Red Wake Robin. It has a very unique color, maroon
almost the color the dark blood, the flowers are pollinated by flies attracted by the color and smell.
Supposedly ill-scented but I haven't really noticed any distinct smells coming from it. I have seen two
types of this plant a small one only about a foot tall and a really large one about two foot tall. The two
types are distinct as I have both and they keep coming back true year after year. I have grown the
varities on this page for about 23 years
Above - Trillium cuneatum -
Whipporwill-Flower - These grow all over the
backside of my property in about 3 different
colors, from light greenish-yellow flowers, to
brownish- maroon as above through a dark
maroon. These are actually growing on the
edge of a path above a creek on a steep hillside.
Above - Uvularia grandiflora - Great
These are very interesting plants to me, a soft
green and the flowers look wilted. It looks like
it should only be here for a short time and
disappear until next spring, but it is actually
quite hardy. I have had this clump for about 17
years and at two houses. I dug it up 9 years
ago and split it in two, this is one half, the other
is on the creek. both clumps readily seed and I
have smaller clumps forming all around the
parent plants. It takes them several years to get
big enough to bloom
@ copyright Brad Walker Nov. 8, 2005