Dwarf Wakerobin

Trillium pusillum

Trillium pusillum

This small spring flower is a rare trillium that grows only 6-8 inches tall.  It grows in swampy forests and savannahs of the coastal plain of Virginia.  Three small, narrow leaves spring from the forest floor and for a few weeks one inch white petals will be on display.  This is a spring ephemeral, which means the leaves will die back down to the ground in the summer and the plant effectively disappears for part of the year.  It thrives in a woodland setting of part shade.  The plant will gradually spread, forming a nice mat of flowers in the spring.

Type Perennial
Size 6-8″ tall
Flower White/slight pink tinge in March-April
Hardy Zones 5-9
Native isolated regions across the US Southeast

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