Trillium chloropetalum (Torr.) Howell
Giant wakerobin, Giant trillium
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
USDA Symbol: trch2
Starting with a single stalk, this clump-forming trillium may eventually bear several 12-20 in. stems. Leaves, in whorls of three, are often mottled with dark blotches. Large, showy, solitary, three-parted flowers rise directly out of the leaves. Color varies from red through yellow-green to white.
This trillium is considered not commercially viable since it takes as long as 5 years to produce plants of flowering size. One should verify that a nursery offering this plant has indeed propagated it and not dug it from the wild.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Pink , Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CA , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Pierce Co., WA & Willamette V., OR, s. to the n. Sierras & Coastal Ranges of c. CA
Native Habitat: Moist, brushy or wooded slopes
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Deep, rich, moist, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: This trillium is considered not commercially viable since it takes as long as 5 years to produce plants of flowering size. One should verify that a nursery offering this plant has indeed propagated it and not dug it from the wild.
PropagationDescription: Rhizome division or seed. Seeds do best when planted outdoors soon after fruits have ripened. Plant seeds 1/4 in. deep in a moist, humusy location. Seedlings take many years to bloom. Divide rhizomes in fall.
Seed Collection: As the 1/2 in. long fruit ripens, the fleshy green oval berry becomes red then purple. Separate the flesh of the mature berry from the egg-shaped seeds and clean them.
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Oregon Native Plant Nursery - Woodburn, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Trillium chloropetalum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Trillium chloropetalum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Trillium chloropetalum
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-09-24
Research By: TWC Staff