Trillium pusillum

Little Trillium (Dwarf Wake Robin)

Categories: Wildflower

Trillium pusillum is a beautiful species which tends to flower rather early for a pedicellate trillium. It occurs in several widely disjunct populations west from eastern Maryland to the Ozarks of Missouri, south to western Texas and then back east through Alabama and Georgia into S. Carolina.

It is always very charming, dwarf (3” – 12”) and has an upwards facing white flower. The flower often has ruffled margins and, in the manner of Trillium grandiflorum, fades to rose pink as it ages. The foliage of some forms is almost purple in color until it matures to a deeper green. In the wild it is frequently found in seasonally boggy or even swampy areas, but doesn’t require such conditions in cultivation. 

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8-12 in


12-20 in

Hardiness Zone:


Trillium pusillum Characteristics


  • Ground Cover
  • Mass Plant
  • Good for Naturalizing
  • Small / Miniature
  • Good for Shady Sites
  • Specimen
  • Unique Foliage/Foliage Color
  • Edging

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Early Spring

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Moist

Bloom Time

  • Early season

Flower Color

  • White


  • Spreading
  • Clumping