Paris polyphylla

Family: Melanthiaceae
Genus: Paris (PAR-is) (Info)
Species: polyphylla (pol-ee-FIL-uh) (Info)


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)



Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Crescent City, California

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Saint Louis, Missouri

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Seattle, Washington

Woodinville, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 17, 2009, wiggiej from Ann Arbor, MI wrote:

I recognize the description posted by berrygirl from the Wayside Gardens web site. To my thinking (and iif my results with this plant are typical) this is not so much a "description" as it is "advertising". I ordered several of these for my woodland wildflower beds, and I'd have to say that the plants that have come up for the last 3-4 years are rather dull and certainly not what I would think of as "showstopping".


On Mar 24, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Presented for info only:

Paris polyphylla is a Trillium relative with green-and-black flowers highlighted by long, wild yellow anthers.
Blooms are 6 inches across, measuring from the lower petals, which are the 5 symmetrical green stems that look like leaves. The central stigma is a red so deep it might as well be black, surrounded by a short golden ray and long, slender, whisker-like yellow anthers.
Growth Habit: In spring, first to be seen is a solitary stem (eventually reaching 18 inches tall) topped by a good cluster of spidery green whorls. Even if this plant never bloomed, the foliage alone would be eye-catching, because nothing else in the garden even remotely resembles it. But the blooms follow in early summer, and the 5 green outer petals (actually se... read more