Yellow Wakerobin Trillium

Trillium luteum

Native to the Great Smoky Mountains and adjacent regions, this classic spring ephemeral bears yellow blossoms atop a trio of leaves mottled with pale shades of silvery-green. The unusual flowers of Yellow Wakerobin Trillium have a lemon oil fragrance …

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Plants Bare Root
1-4 $10.99 ea.
5-10 $9.99 ea.
11+ $8.99 ea.
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SKU
39434-03
Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Medium
Sun Exposure Partial, Shade
Height 1' - 18"
Bloom Color Yellow
Bloom Time Apr, May
Spacing 1' - 18"
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Root Type Corm

Native to the Great Smoky Mountains and adjacent regions, this classic spring ephemeral bears yellow blossoms atop a trio of leaves mottled with pale shades of silvery-green. The unusual flowers of this Yellow Trillium have a lemon oil fragrance.

Easily grown in rich medium soils, Trillium luteum is tolerant of heavy clay with decent topsoil. The plants are very long-lived, up to 25 years, but can take a few years to mature. Yellow Wakerobin Trillium spreads slowly if left undisturbed in the shade garden or naturalized wooded area. It combines well with other spring wildflowers such as Virginia Bluebells, Jacob's Ladder, and Wild Blue Phlox. The foliage will die back, so plant them with along with shade-loving ferns to share their place until they reappear the following spring.

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Planting and Cultivation Notes
We recommend planting ephemerals in early fall while the soil is still warm, or in early spring. Spring installations will have some time to develop before summer dormancy, but will not produce flowers the first year. An early fall planting allows the roots time to establish properly before winter, and gives the plants a stronger start the following spring. This woodland species appreciates a generous application of leaf mulch in the fall.