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Nodding Trillium
Trillium cernuum

Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) Other common names: Nodding Wake-robin

French names: Trille penché

Family: Bunch flower Family (Melanthiaceae), (Lily Family (Liliaceae), Trillium Family (Trilliaceae))

Group: Trilliums

Distinctive features: A single flower droops down below the leaves - "nods".

Similar species:
  •   White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) - White flower in held above the leaves. Much more common.

  •   Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum) - Center of flower is "painted" pink.

Flowers: Spring;  White;  3 parts (petals)

Leaves: Opposite/Whorled, Entire

Height: 15-25 cm (6-10 in)

Habitat: Forests

Lifespan: Perennial.  

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 124    Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 10    ROM Field Guide to Wildflowers of Ontario: 78   

Native/Non-native: Native

Status:   S-Rank: S5  G-Rank: G5
Uncommon in the south, a lot more common in the north.

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Common Name: Named after the flowers which hang down below the leaves - a "nodding" flower.
 Scientific Name: cernuum: nodding

Photographs: 591 photographs available, of which 11 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) flower

Nodding Trillium flower.

Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) flower

The solitary hangs down below the leaves. This gives the plant its common name.

Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) flower

Closer view of the flower.

Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) flower

Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) flower

Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) flower

A view of an entire Nodding Trillium plant.

Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) flower

Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) flower

Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) leaves

Each Nodding Trillium plant has three leaves.

Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) leaves

Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) plants

A cluster of Nodding Trilliums.

Range map for Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)