Trillium cernuum (Nodding Trillium) - photos and description










The single flower has developed into a fruit, photo in August

Fruit still ripening, bright red when mature.


General: Erect, slender woodland plant with a single stem. Plant is glabrous.

Flowers: A single, white flower hangs below the leaves. Flower petals and sepals are rolled upward, petals and sepals in threes. Flower size measured to 4 cm in diameter. Flowers in June.

Fruit: An egg-shaped berry, ripens to a bright red colour. We measured a fruit at 12 mm diameter.

Leaves: Three ovate leaves in a whorl at top of the stem, we measured a leaf at 11 cm wide and 11.5 cm long.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 40 cm, we measured plants to 47 cm tall.

Habitat: Rich woods in the extreme eastern edge of the province.

Abundance: Very rare, listed as an S2 (as of 2021) by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photo taken in rich, mixed forest, June 14th, June 16th, August 6th in Duck Mountain Provincial Park, and June 24th in the Porcupine Hills, 300 and 400 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.