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Trillium catesbaei (Bashful wakerobin)
Brundage, Stephanie

Trillium catesbaei

Trillium catesbaei Elliott

Bashful Wakerobin, Catesby's Trillium, Catesby's Wakerobin, Bashful Trillium

Liliaceae (Lily Family)


USDA Symbol: TRCA11

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

One somewhat nodding, stalked, pink or white flower with strongly curved-back petals and leaves in three's.

This beautiful pink trillium of the southeastern Piedmont and the adjacent Appalachian slopes may be confused with Large-flowered Trillium (T. grandiflorum), which has white flowers that turn pink with age. The flowers of Catesby's Trillium, however, face downward, and the sepals are narrower and more sickle-shaped than those of Large-flowered Trillium, which has upright flowers. The species name honors Mark Catesby (1679-1749), an English naturalist.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Scape up to about 18 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AL , GA , NC , SC , TN
Native Distribution: North Carolina south to Georgia and west to Alabama and Tennessee.
Native Habitat: Woodlands.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1987 VOL. 4, NO.1 - One Million Bequest Announced, Lady Bird Johnson On Celebrating Four Years, Spri...
Wildflower Newsletter 1993 VOL. 10, NO.2 - Berry Browsing in the Backyard, Director\'s Report, Essays on Trillium\'s, Natio...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Trillium catesbaei in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Trillium catesbaei in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Trillium catesbaei


Record Modified: 2023-04-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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