Trillium vaseyi

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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: crimson, purple

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8

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

Trillium vaseyi (sweet wakerobin)
  • Trillium vaseyi (sweet wakerobin)
  • Trillium vaseyi (sweet wakerobin)
  • Trillium vaseyi (sweet wakerobin)
  • Trillium vaseyi (sweet wakerobin)

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Trillium vaseyi

Also known as:

sweet wakerobin


Vasey's trillium

Scientific Synonyms:


Sweet wakerobin is a species of Trillium that can grow up to 18" tall, with a single crimson flower that will gently bend downwards. The leaves are green and hosta-like.


Trillium vaseyi 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, Trillium vaseyi 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 vaseyi sweet wakerobin