Trillium cernuum L. - Nodding Trillium


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Trillium cernuum - (image 1 of 4)



Family: Liliaceae


Moist or wet woods. 




Range extends farther west than T. erectum or T. grandiflorum but not further south than VA.


Herbaceous perennial to 40 cm. Leaves rhombic-ovate, 6-10 cm when in flower, acuminate, narrowed from the middle to an acute base, subsessile. Flower soliary, held below the leaves on a short peduncle; sepals lance-acuminate, about equaling the petals; petals white, 1.5-2.5 cm; ovary white to pale pink, 6-angled.


Flowers May to June

Wetland indicator: Facultative Wetland

Flowers smaller and much less conspicuous than T. erectum or T. grandiflorum.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.

The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.




 Michael Hough 2004