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Trillium catesbaei

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam

Height: 12"-18"

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: pink

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: clumping, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Flower of Trillium catesbaei (rose trillium)
  • Flower of Trillium catesbaei (rose trillium)
  • Flower of Trillium catesbaei (rose trillium)

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Trillium catesbaei

Also known as:

bashful wakerobin


rose trillium


wake robin


nodding rose

Scientific Synonyms:


Trillium catesbaei is a true woodland beauty reaching up to 18" in height once established. Its pink, sometimes white flowers, have three petals that curve backwards and gently nod downwards. This tendency led to its other common names: nodding rose and bashful wake robin.


Bashful wakerobin is native to a limited range in the south-eastern Piedmont and southern Appalachian. It prefers rich, organic, acid, well drained soil that remains consistently moist. Bright shade or open shade are best. Bloom times are from late April to early June. Zones 6-8


Established clumps can be divided in summer. Slow to propagate from seed.

Additional Notes

Once established, bashful wakerobin will form a clump with an increasing number of flowers. Mulching will help maintain adequate moisture and acidity levels. All members of the Trillium genus have leaves and petals that grow in multiples of three, hence their botanical name.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae Lily family
Genus Trillium trillium
Species Trillium catesbaei bashful wakerobin