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|I found these Trilliums in G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area where it is known to be one of the most concentrated areas of Trillium in Virginia.|
Trillium is a genus of about 40-50 species of perennial herbaceous flowering plants, native to temperate regions of North America and Asia. They used to be treated in the family Trilliaceae or Trillium family, a part of the Liliales or Lily order. Common names include trillium, wakerobin, and birthroot.
This elegant spring flower blooms about the same time as robins return, thus, the name "wake-robin". The plant is called a "trillium" because the flower parts occur in threes, along with a whorl of three, broad, egg-shaped leaves. The single, large, white flower, up to 10 cm across, perches upright at the top of a stout 10 cm - 40 cm high stalk. The white petals fade over time to a dull pinkish purple, becoming slightly transparent.
While trillium flowers are very attractive, some believe 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.
"Indian women [in North America] claimed that boiled trillium root could arouse a man's love." - Text from "Wildflowers Across America," April 1988, National Geographic magazine
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- lglase (38)
- [2007-07-11 21:16]
Just a comment on your note - "... some believe they should never be picked..." I just wanted the world to know that these flowers are protected in various parts of the the US and also in Canada, which is why I grew up under the stern caution of my parents to never pick them!
Any internet search for "protected trillium" will show all kinds of places that these plants are protected.
I absolutely adore the Painted Trillium (trillium undulatam), so if anyone knows where I might be able to get seeds, I'd love to try and grow some.
Great capture of these flowers!