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Dwarf wakerobin

Trillium pusillum

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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 CharacteristicsMost 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. 

CareProvide 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.

PropagationPropagate by division when plants are dormant in late summer or early fall.

ProblemsSmut, rust, fungal spots, slugs, snails.

  • Genus : Trillium
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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