Herb latin name: Trillium tschonoskii

Synonyms: Trillium tschonoski

Family: Trilliaceae

Medicinal use of Trillium tschonoskii:

The root contains steroidal saponins, which have hormonal effects on the body. They are being used in gynaecological and obstetric medicine.

Description of the plant:


20 cm
(7 3/4 inch)

to June

Habitat of the herb:

Mountains in C. and S. Japan. Shady places in rocky wooded ravines in humus-rich soils.

Edible parts of Trillium tschonoskii:

Fruit. No more details are given.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown in a shaded cold frame as soon as it is ripe. Stored seed should be sown in late winter or early spring. Seed usually germinates within 1 - 3 months at 15C. Another report says that seeds produce a root after the first cold stratification but no shoot is produced until after a second winter, whilst yet another report says that the seed can take 3 years to germinate. The seedlings are prone to damp off and must therefore be watered with care and given plenty of fresh air. The young plants need to be overwintered in a cold frame for the first year and can then be planted out in late spring. It is very important that the pots become neither too dry nor too wet. Division with care when the plants die down after flowering. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the following spring.

Cultivation of Trillium tschonoskii:

Mountains in C. and S. Japan. Shady places in rocky wooded ravines in humus-rich soils.

Known hazards of Trillium tschonoskii:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.