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Trillium luteum

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam

Height: 12"-16"

Bloom Time: April, May

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green, gray-green, multi-color

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: clumping, deer resistant, fragrant flowers, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Flower and foliage of Trillium luteum (yellow trillium)
  • Flower and foliage of Trillium luteum (yellow trillium)
  • Flower and foliage of Trillium luteum (yellow trillium)
  • Flower and foliage of Trillium luteum (yellow trillium)
  • Flower and foliage of Trillium luteum (yellow trillium)

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Trillium luteum

Also known as:

yellow wakerobin


yellow trillium

Scientific Synonyms:


Trillium luteum bears yellow flowers that sit directly atop the foliage, with no visible stems. The decorative leaves are mottled with shades of gray-green, fairly large and appearing on robust stems that can reach a height of 16" on mature plants.


A woodland wild flower, yellow wakerobin does best where it can be exposed to a couple of hours of morning sun. This makes it a good candidate for a shade garden margin where it will thrive in part-shade. It prefers rich, organic, acid, well drained soil that remains consistently moist. Best planted in groups, it blooms in late spring, April to May. Zones 5-7


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

Additional Notes

The flowers of the yellow wakerobin have a faint lemon scent which becomes more pronounced when the plants have formed into colonies. Once established, this trillium 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 luteum yellow wakerobin