Purple Trillium
The red trillium, also known as the wake robin, sports the traditional three petal design while instead of clean linen white petals it sports deep maroon red blooms. This spring blooming flower prefers acidic soil. Indigenous groups used the root of Purple Trillium as an aid to childbirth. The whole plant was made into a...
Botanical Name: Trillium erectum
Nom Français: Trille dressé


Bloom colour: Maroon | Red
Blooms: Spring - Zone 5
Pollinators: Other
Sun or Shade: Partial Sun | Shade
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: Up to 1.5 feet (50 cms)
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I, Ontario, Quebec
It grows well in hardiness zones:


Mixed woods
Water requirement: Medium to moist
Sand, Loam, Clay


It needs to receive ample sunlight early in its growing season. For this reason avoid siting it on the north side of buildings, where there isn't much early season sunlight. It requires a rich soil with consistent moisture and should be mulched with leaves to help maintain adequate moisture and acidity levels.


Spread: 15 cm


Purple Trillium is also known as Stinking Benjamin, Illscented Trillium, Illscented Wakerobin, Stinking Willie, Wet Dog Trillium, and Wet Dog Wakerobin. These names are a reference to the fact that the flowers have an unpleasant, fetid scent which attracts flesh flies, carrion beetles, and similar insects to act as pollinators.
Medicinal | Native to Canada

Styling and Use

Virginia Bluebells and Shootingstar.



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