Trilliums – Propagation with Seeds

Q: I have several trilliums in my yard, some with small blossoms on them. Is it possible to propagate them from seed?

A: It’s not easy. Not all trilliums set seed each year. If you see a swollen pod in the center of the three leaves, collect it and squeeze out the seed to plant in a woodland area. It may take four years for the plants to bloom. Trillium expert William Cullina has an excellent guide to seed propagation at If you want trilliums more quickly, attend the wildflower plant sales at Georgia Perimeter College Botanical Gardens. Details at