Spring ephemerals are plants that bloom for a short amount of time and then die back completely.
Are trilliums ephemerals? They bloom at the same time as other ephemerals such as Dutchman’s breeches, bloodroot, and spring beauty. It seems every site on the internet says they are indeed ephemerals.
But I am sure I once read an argument that trilliums are not true ephemerals because they don’t die back right away. And now I can’t find that source.
I have seen trillium leaves linger into early summer, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen trilliums stick around until September – but they did this year. Both the large-flowered trilliums and the Trillium sessile are still visible today.