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Trillium flexipes (Nodding Wakerobin)

Nodding Wakerobin, White Wakerobin, Bent Trillium, Declined Trillium, Drooping Trillium, Trillium erectum var. blandum

Trillium flexipes, Nodding Wakerobin, White Wakerobin, Trillium erectum var. blandum
Trillium flexipes, Nodding Wakerobin, White Wakerobin, Trillium erectum var. blandum

A handsome and distinctive trillium, Trillium flexipes (Nodding Wakerobin) is a clump-forming rhizomatous perennial producing whorls of large, heart-shaped, almost overlapping, green leaves, up to 3-10 in. long and wide (7-25 cm). In mid to late spring, creamy-white outward-facing flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), appear above the leaves on short stalks, which may be drooping or standing erect. Each flower has three large white petals and three narrow green sepals. As the flower ages, its stem bends downward, hiding the flower beneath the leaves. Easy to grow, this charming Trillium is a lovely choice for wildflower gardens or woodland gardens, where it will carpet the ground, regaling those who view it.

  • Grows up to 12-24 in. tall (30-60 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm). Will spread gradually if left undisturbed.
  • Performs best in part shade or full shade, in deep, humus-rich, acid to neutral, moist, well-drained soils. Mulch in fall with leaves.
  • Excellent when massed in shaded woodland gardens, naturalized areas or wildflower gardens. Pretty groundcover too!
  • Because trilliums go dormant by midsummer, pair them with other shade-loving perennials that will look good the rest of the gardening season and share their place until they reappear the following spring.
  • Generally disease free, this plant requires little maintenance. Watch out for slugs and snails.
  • Plant in early fall or in early spring.
  • Propagate by seed in pots in a shady cold frame as soon as seed is ripe; takes 5-7 years to reach flowering size. Propagate rhizomes by division after flowering
  • Native to the northern United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 7
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Melanthiaceae
Genus Trillium
Common names Wake Robin
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, West Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Trillium ovatum (Western Trillium)
Trillium erectum (Red Trillium)
Trillium grandiflorum (White Trillium)
Trillium grandiflorum f. roseum (Pink Trillium)
Trillium recurvatum (Prairie Trillium)
Trillium sessile (Toadshade)

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 7
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Melanthiaceae
Genus Trillium
Common names Wake Robin
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, West Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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