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Trillium rugelii [split from Trillium cernuum]

Southern Nodding Trillium, Ill-scented Wakerobin, Ill-scented Trillium,

Scientific Name:

Trillium rugelii [split from Trillium cernuum]

Genus:

Trillium

Species Epithet:

rugelii

Common Name:

Southern Nodding Trillium, Ill-scented Wakerobin, Ill-scented Trillium,

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Trilliaceae (Trillium Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red, Pink, Purple

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Rich woodlands and forests over mafic or calcareous rocks. Uncommon in NC Mountains, rare in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G3 - Vulnerable (*Key)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*Key)

Bloom

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Black Mountain, 23 April 2007
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Bloom

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Blooming Plant

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Black Mountain, 5 May 2007
© MB Baumeister

Bloom

Note how the stamen are shorter than the pistil.

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Seed Capsule

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Probable T. rugelii X T. vaseyi

Both parents are close by and note the long stamen and dark ovary

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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