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What she mean is what the different between this and Trillium erectum - the two look way too similiar and there might be misidentified pictures between the two. The only thing I know of is that Trillium erectum are widespreadly sold compare to Vasey's Trillium.
With other purple trillium, they are either rare in cultivation at least for Eastern US since there's so many different native species to choose from along with a few Asian ones, have mottling foliage, or have upright flowers with very narrow petals that are not trinaglular.
That way we divide trillium in two groups - one with broad triangular petals and another with petals that are strongly vertical and very narrow.
Since your plant lacks the broad, overlapping and recurved petals of T. vaseyi, I'd guess it's T. erectum but I'm sure someone who is more familiar with trilliums can say if that's right or not.
Additionally, T. vaseyi is not noted as occurring in Maryland, either native or introduced (see USDA Plants map below), and also, the species description says the flowers tend to be suspended beneath the bracts (although the plants shown in the USDA Plants photos seem to vary in that respect): http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=TRVA2&photoID=trv...
pixie62560, I noticed that many of the photos posted under T. vaseyi are yours, and said to be from the wild in Maine. Since T. vaseyi doesn't occur in Maine, either naturally or introduced, would you consider asking the administrators to move your photos to T. erectum, which is the likely species you are seeing? I noted that there was a comment made to this effect made about your photos in PlantFiles, as well. If you look at your photos in comparison to the others posted under this species, I think you will note the differences.
Keeping PlantFiles as accurate as possible makes it a much more useful resource. Thanks very much for your consideration.
On additional checking one of Kim's Photo is not T. vaseyi either - its the red one - its a small petal variety of Trillium erectum - there are two variety of Trillium erectum - one have small petals and one have longer petals so can cause a bit of confusion in addition to the white forms.
Hello, i live in New Hampshire, and have(or had), a beautiful cluster of what i've always called Stinking-Benjamin's, in my back field next to my old apple tree. I was going to plant other native flowers around that tree but, someone picked all the flowers off!, i was wondering if anyone knew if these beautiful, but stinky flowers where on any endangered list, and if you pick the flowers, will they flower again next spring.