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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Spring ephemeral
Other: The above ground parts of Trilliums are scapes with three large, leaf-like bracts with the true leaves reduced to underground papery coverings around the rhizomes.
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Seeds are hydrophilic
Other info: Plants can be grown from seed, but it can take up to two years for fresh seed to germinate and another five to seven years for plants to bloom.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Trilliums are not bulbs and don't like drying out. They lose all living roots and will become limp and have little chance of surviving beyond the first season if bare rooted for any time.


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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 25, 2011 8:50 PM

Resembles Nodding Trillium, except leaves are without petioles.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 4:01 AM

"Trillium flexipes, the Bent Trillium or Drooping Trillium, is a spring-flowering perennial which is most common in the midwestern United States. Scattered populations are found as far east as Philadelphia and as far south as Alabama. However, it is an endangered plant species in Canada and is rare throughout its Canadian range so that it is protected by law in Ontario. This species is variable, and tends to hang its flower below the leaves in northern areas. Southern strains have a large erect flower. The red or purplish fruit is also showy."

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