Trillium catesbaei is known by several common names: Catesby's Trillium, Rosy Wake-robin, Bashful Trillium, Rose Trillium, Bashful Wakerobin. We found them by the trail along the creek at Rock and Shoals Outcrop Natural Area in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, in mid-April. The plants were on the uphill side of the trail not far from a tree with a large hollow at the base of its trunk.
Catesby’s Trillium flowers hang below the leaves in contrast to most Trillium sp. whose flowers stand above the leaves. This plant was growing in deep shade and was only 6 to 7 inches tall.
Young flowers are white.
This plant was growing in a more open area. It was about 12 to 15 inches tall.
A closer view
Flowers turn pink as they age.
Trillium catesbaei is native to the southeastern United States: North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and southeast Tennessee.
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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Trillium catesbaei (Bashful Wakerobin)
- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Trillium catesbaei
- Southeastern Flora: Bashful Wakerobin (Trillium catesbaei)
- Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Catesby's Trillium, Rosy Wake-robin, Bashful Trillium, Rose Trillium (Trillium catesbaei)
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index
- Rock and Shoals Outcrop Natural Area; Part 1, Blue Trail
- Rock and Shoals Outcrop Natural Area: Mid-April Wildflowers