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Red Trillium - Stinking Benjamin

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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 9 reviews
  • 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.

  • 5
    red trillium

    Jun 04, 2022 Reviewer: Paricia A Quinn

    arrived in good condition and timely

  • 5
    Healthy looking plants

    May 16, 2022 Reviewer: Lois Weston

    I planted my trilliums the day they arrived last fall and was pleased to see healthy looking plants popping up this spring.

  • 5
    One of my favorite trillium.

    Jun 19, 2015 Reviewer: Jacklyn

    The trillium bulbs were very nice. I am very pleased with them and love seeing them bloom in my yard. Great price too

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