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White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)

Posted on May 10, 2016

While Scott has been doing a marvelous job documenting and sharing the spring migrants, I thought the plant life that is becoming more and more evident needs some representation too! Over the past couple of weeks the trees have been slowly budding, enabling ample sunshine to continue to kiss the forest floors. The warm rays have been kick-starting growth of ground cover and mid-story plants, including one particularly beautiful flower: the white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum). This flower is common in rich, upland forests and can be easily distinguished by its showy, wavy petals. Unlike many of our local wildflowers, trillium is very slow growing and takes years to produce a flower. Due to its nature, trilliums are very sensitive to disturbance. So, while these flowers would make a beautiful bouquet, they are better off being left on the forest floor where many can admire them. As the spring weather continues, I hope you can get outside and enjoy these and many of our other flowering plants as well!

Trillium grandiflorum (White Trillium)

Elyse Henshaw
Conservation Technician