Trillium pusillum

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam

Height: 3"-10"

Bloom Time: March, April, May

Bloom Color: white, pink

Leaf Color: green, purple

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts bees, bog plant, clumping, naturalizing, poisonous, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant, woodland plant

Trillium pusillum (dwarf wakerobin)
  • Trillium pusillum (dwarf wakerobin)
  • Trillium pusillum (dwarf wakerobin)
  • Trillium pusillum (dwarf wakerobin)
  • Trillium pusillum (dwarf wakerobin)

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Trillium pusillum

Also known as:

dwarf wakerobin


little trillium


dwarf white flowering trillium


least trillium

Scientific Synonyms:


As the common name indicates, dwarf wakerobin is a diminutive trillium. You can expect the plant to reach no more than 10" from the ground to the tip of its upward facing flowers. The petals are white with ruffled margins, and will often shift to a pinkish hue as they age. The leaves are purplish when they emerge in early spring, and turn deep green as they unfurl and mature.


Though rare, native range includes a variety of environments, ranging from dry mesic deciduous forest, to boggy savannahs and swamps. Though perfectly adapted to wet conditions, it does not have high water requirements and is easy to grow in any shade garden with moist, organically rich soil. Trillium pusillum will form dense clumps in due time, and will slowly naturalize by seed. It is not an aggressive plant and can be safely mixed in with other shade loving plants. It is most effective when planted in groupings. Zones 5-8


Can be propagated by division, or root cuttings in summer. Can also be propagated from seed, though plants are slow to mature.

Additional Notes

The roots and berries of this species should be considered poisonous if ingested, though the toxicity level is low. 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:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: NC


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 pusillum dwarf wakerobin