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Trillium (Wood Lily)
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Including Trillium luteum and Trillium grandiflorum Snowy White

Trillium

Wood Lily

A sure sign that spring has settled in, these demure treasures are at home in cool woodland settings. Soon after their enchanting flowers fade, the handsome foliage disappears as well. Trilliums are long-lived, prefer humus-rich soil with ample moisture, and make admirable companions for Asarum, Toad Lilies, and ferns.


Trillium albidum  partial shade  shade lover
Sweet Trillium
Trillium albidum

Hobnobbing in moist sites from San Francisco to southern Oregon, this native is robust and showy. Large subtly fragrant pearl white flowers are perched atop a dark green cushion of dappled, wavy edged spring foliage that rises on tall, often multiple, stems. In early summer, prominent purple berries keep our interest sparked.

Blooms mid-March – late April.

Size: 16" high x 10"–12" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Trillium albidum (P-1622)
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Trillium catesbaei  partial shade  shade lover
Catesby’s Trillium

This seldom offered woodland beauty grows wild throughout the southeastern regions of our country in dry oak and pine woodlands. Borne singularly atop an erect stem, each dainty nodding 1 ½ in. bloom features three unique sickle-shaped petals flushed with soft pink to darker rosy hues, punctuated by prominent golden yellow anthers, twisting in an irregular outward fashion. A purple-tinged green stem supports three handsome green whorled leaves, which don lustrous surfaces and upright elliptical outlines sharply tapering to pointed tips

Blooms April–May

Size: 12"–18" high x 10"–12" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Trillium catesbaei (P-1778)
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Trillium grandiflorum ‘Snowy White’  partial shade  shade lover
White Wake Robin

The quintessential native woodland plant, ‘Snowy White’ promises a sparkling display of pure white, three-petaled flowers. Wavy-edged, curved back at the tips and blushing a rosy hue as they wane, the regal blooms garnish attractive green foliage that easily carpets a cool, shady spot.

Blooms March–May.

Size: 12"–18" high x 10"–12" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Trillium grandiflorum ‘Snowy White’ (P-0885)
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Trillium luteum  partial shade  shade lover
Yellow Wake Robin
Trillium luteum

The broad foliage of this species is marbled with light green and yellow, echoing the colors of the showy flower. Ours is planted under a Myrica californica with Helleborus x hybridus and Asarum caudatum.

Blooms April–early June.

Size: 12" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Trillium luteum (P-0559)
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Trillium sessile  partial shade  shade lover
Trillium sessile

Its common name belies the simple elegance of this rarely offered Missouri woodlander. Three evenly spaced broad leaves forge a handsome platform for 2 in. high maroon blooms, which are mottled in shades of green, purple and white. Defined by 3 erect petals, the unique stalkless flowers gracefully embellish a clump-forming base, whose thick underground rhizomes will slowly colonize if left undisturbed.

Blooms April – May.

Size: 6"–12" high x 6"–12" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Trillium sessile (P-0681)
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