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Red Trillium - Stinking Benjamin

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Product Code: RTSB
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Red Trillium

The Red Trillium, Trillium erectum, is one of the most beautiful small flowers in the garden. This three petal flower produces a red three petal bloom. The blooms appear in Spring. It reaches 8-14 inches. This flower is a perennial and ships bare root. It grows best in partial shade.

This flower grows in rich, clammy woods from Manitoba, Canada east to Nova Scotia, south to Georgia and Alabama, and north to Illinois and Michigan. The root was customarily utilized as a guide as a part of labor, thus the name "Bethroot" (a defilement of "conception root"). Local Americans used root tea for the menstrual issue, to incite labor, and to help in labor. The entire plant is into a poultice used to treat tumors, irritation, and ulcers.

The Red Trillium is a perennial flower sporting three pointed crimson petals with three narrow sepals alternating beneath them.

These sepals can become tinged in crimson as well, making the flower appear to have six petals. At the base of the stem, three almost spade-shaped leaves spread close to the ground. These plants are native to the eastern United States and eastern Canada, and so thrive in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 4-8. The flowers bloom in the spring in summer and prefer shady areas of the garden.

Red Trillium has one other name, Wake Robin, as both the bird and the bloom's red appearance heralds the beginning of spring.

 Leftover plant mulch is perfect for these plants. Even though high or prolonged heat will kill the blooms, it cannot destroy the plant itself. In fact, they can live up to 25 years, providing long-lasting beauty, making Red Trillium a rewarding choice for the garden.

 These bulbs can be planted in shade or partially shady gardens. They will bloom for years and years to come. Perfect for natural wooded areas, as that is their native habitat.

Red Trillium are Spring blooming perennials and grow best in zones 4-8.


The Red Trillium is shipped bare root.

  • USDA Zones 4-8
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Growing Zones:
  • Color: Red, Purple
  • Season: Spring
  • Height: 12-18 inches
  • Exposure: Partial Shade
  • Ships As: Bulb
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Customer Reviews
5.0 Based on 8 reviews
  • 3
    Red trillium

    Jun 16, 2023 Reviewer: Frances

    The rise on us were a little smaller than ones that I have gotten elsewhere. but they seem to be in good condition. So far they haven't come up yet but I just planned him a week ago

  • 5
    red trillium, bare root

    May 08, 2023 Reviewer: Pat Cooper

    It is a little early to review this product since it is bare root. However, the roots were nicely packaged and arrived in good condition.

  • 5
    Red trilliums

    Mar 30, 2023 Reviewer: Brenda Sloan

    Excellent condition when received. Thank you.

  • 5

    Mar 13, 2023 Reviewer: Ellen Roberts

    Wow. Arrived in a box clearly marked live plants. Plants were thriving ready for planting. We are so excited. Thank you

  • 4
    Great! But Forgot one

    Nov 11, 2022 Reviewer: Daniel Molinaro

    I have two times purchased trillium erectum from Native Wildflowers Nursery. First time I had 100% success and flowering. This last order I just received was for 4 in the order and I unfortunately only received 3 bulbs. I'm sure it was a simple mistake but it was still a disappointment. Overall I'm very happy.

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