Saturday, April 22, 2006

trillium

Look what I found on the way to the mailbox!

From Wikipedia:
Trillium are attractive spring wildflowers of the lily family, native to North America and East Asia. The leaves, petals, and sepals are characteristically in threes, and the single flower may be white, pink, dark red, yellow, or green. The plants have a perennial rootstock that was used medicinally by both Native Americans and early colonists.

While trillium flowers are very attractive, they should never be picked, since the three leaves below the flower are the plant's only food source and a picked trillium may die or take many years to recover. For this reason in many areas, e.g. British Columbia, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Washington, it is illegal to pick trilliums. While popular belief exists that it is illegal to pick trilliums in Ontario, no such law actually exists.

Trillium is one of the few flowers whose seeds are spread by ants and mice. Some trilliums have a flower which is bent downward, below the leaves.

5 comments:

doubleknot said...

We don't have trilliums down here I am pretty sure. Nice picture and good info in case I ever see one in person.

jellyhead said...

As usual, you are full of amazing information! And lucky to have such a special flower growing on your property.

Finn said...

Beautiful picture, I have just been thinking about taking to the woods in search of trillums. It's WI state flower, and is of course, protected here, by law.
They nearly went extinct back in the late 1940's into the 1950's.

Luckily they have come back as parents educate their children not to pick them for spring bouquets.

I haven't seen any here as yet, but we must be getting close.And I've only seen white in my lifetime.

TUFFENUF said...

I am always amazed how many flowers are used in medicine, and of course in perfume. Very beautiful photo.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Nice picture of a trillium. I'll have to watch for them.