Nodding Trillium, Northern Nodding Wake-robin

Trillium cernuum

Family: Trilliaceae
Genus: Trillium (TRIL-ee-um) (Info)
Species: cernuum (SER-new-um) (Info)



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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12-18 in. (30-45 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)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


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Other details:

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

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Brainerd, Minnesota

Isle, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dundee, Ohio

Kalama, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


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

This is the Northern US species - said to be the most northern trillium species. In the southern US, many similar species occur and can confuse things - this species is found only as far south as Virginia and found no where else in the Southern US. The zone map may not be accurate - I think it is zone 3a (2?) to maybe zone 6 or 7 depending on how southern gardener are able to mimic the cool shady climate that it need. I used the book, Trilliums by Frederick W. Case, Jr. and Roberta B. Case for a few of the informations. This species may be the most common trillium in southern Minnesota. I forgot to add that to tell the different between this species and Declining trillum look at the petals - Nodding Trillium had recurving to strongly recurving petals like the plants that I have. Declin... read more


On May 31, 2004, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

At first glance these are just pretty foliage, but when you bend over, then you see the beauty beneath the leaf! The flower stem literally bends down and the flower is under the leaf, such a stark bright white and perfect little 3 petalled flower. These were told to me NOT to grow in OH by a botanist here in OH, but after sending photo's of my plants to them, they totally agree this "nodding trillium" that does NOT grow in OH, DOES INDEED grow here in OH, at least here where I am. I would love to see it naturalize a little more here on my property :)