Dwarf wakerobin

Trillium pusillum

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Dwarf wakerobin (Trillium pusillum)
TRILL-ee-um poo-SIL-lum
Genus:  Trillium
In spring, the foliage of this petite species emerges a deep purple-black-green and is topped by white blooms with rippled petals. As plants mature, the foliage becomes medium green, and the flowers turn pink, then lavender-purple. Dwarf wakerobin grows to only 8 inches tall and readily forms colonies. 
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Most trilliums are native to woodlands and scrub of North America. They make an elegant understory show when planted in groups in a woodland or shady naturalized area. 
Care:  Provide rich, moist, well-drained soil with a neutral to acidic pH. Plant in part to full shade and provide an annual mulch of rich organic matter.
Propagation:  Propagate by division when plants are dormant in late summer or early fall.
Problems:  Smut, rust, fungal spots, slugs, snails.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Niagara,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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