Nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum) in the Trilliums Database

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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
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 6 - 12 inches
Plant Spread: 6 - 12 inches
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
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Seeds need alternating periods of warm and cold stratification to germinate
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.


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

"Trillium cernuum is a species of Trillium native to northeastern North America, from Newfoundland west to southern Saskatchewan, and south to northern Virginia and Iowa. It occurs on rich, moist soils in both broadleaf and coniferous woodland.

It is a perennial herbaceous plant with one or more unbranched stems 15–60 cm tall growing from an underground rhizome. The apex of each stem has whorl of three abruptly pointed bracts 4–15 cm long and 6–18 cm broad, and on strong stems, also a solitary flower hanging below the leaves on a 0.5–3.5 cm peduncle. The flower is perfect, with three slender pale green sepals 9–30 mm long, three broad white (rarely pink) petals 15–25 mm long and 5–15 mm broad, six purple stamens, and a solitary pistil; flowering is in late spring to early summer. The fruit is a six-lobed reddish berry up to 3 cm diameter, ripening in late summer."

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