Trillium albidum

giant white wakerobin, sweet trillium

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Outstanding Qualities

This fantastic native trillium is one of our showiest wildflowers. Large white flowers sit on top of bright green leaves occasionally marked with light chocolate mottling. In early spring this garden gem gleaming on a gray rainy day. Take a sniff of the bloom and you will be surprised by its distinct rose-like fragrance.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: light, open, or dappled shade

Water Requirements: occasional to regular watering is best

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Omphalodes verna, Polmonaria ‘Benediction’, Blechnum penna-marina, Asarum europaeum, Dicentra ‘Bacchanal’

Great Color Contrasts: lavender, pink, purple, rose

Great Color Partners: bronze, cream, silver

Culture Notes
Native West Coast trilliums grow best in rich moist to well-drained soils, although they will tolerate sandy sites and clay. Plant them in a location with light to dappled shade. Although this species is drought tolerant in the wild, cultivated plants will grow better if provided supplemental water at least occasionally (every 10 to 14 days) during dry weather; watering regularly (once per week) is optimal. Typically this perennial will go dormant in summer.