Bent Trillium, Nodding Trillium, Wake Robin

Trillium flexipes

Family: Trilliaceae
Genus: Trillium (TRIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: flexipes (FLEKS-ih-pees) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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:

Partial to Full Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring




Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Anniston, Alabama

Foxboro, Massachusetts

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Piedmont, Missouri

Glouster, Ohio

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 11, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

May be one of the most common trillium in the wild around the Twin Cities (Could also be Nodding Trillium, too as both species' home ranges overlaps in central and Southern part of Eastern Minnesota). In the book, Trilliums the authors said that this is a very confusing genus as many hybrids takes place with other species - a clear example is the maroon flowers in some of the Plantfile pictures that claim to be this species are actually hybrids - the true species only have white flowers.


On Apr 24, 2005, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

This lovely trillium grows quite tall, usually about 16 inches, but up to 24 inches. It is found in moist, rich, shady bottomlands. The large (2 1/2 inch) white flower is attached to a long extension of the plant stem and it can face upwards or droop (nod) downwards.
The large leaves have 3 divisions and are unmottled.
Latin name refers to tri (three, referring to the leaf part) and lilium (lily, referring to the bloom).