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Trillium rugelii

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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

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7

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

Flower of Trillium rugelii (nodding trillium)
  • Flower of Trillium rugelii (nodding trillium)
  • Flower of Trillium rugelii (nodding trillium)

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Trillium rugelii

Also known as:

illscented wakerobin


southern nodding trillium


nodding trillium

Scientific Synonyms:


Trillium rugelii is one of the taller species from the genus, growing up to 2 feet tall. The single creamy flower appears on a short stem above the leaves and gently nod downwards. By late summer, the spent flowers will have been replaced by attractive seed pods.


Illscented 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. Best planted in groups, it blooms in late spring, April to May. Zones 6-7


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

Additional Notes

Once established, Trillium rugelii 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:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: TN


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 rugelii illscented wakerobin