As my wife and I were returning from North Carolina on Monday, we passed a huge display of Trillium grandiflorum along the roadway. (Several Trillium simile also included – we’ll see those later.) Amongst the display I found this double form of the plant. I don’t recall seeing one before. 6 petals, 6 leaves (bracts), 6 sepals (presumably, I see 5 in the photo, but didn’t count because I was precariously positioned on the roadbank taking the photo.)
Sorry, but I don’t have time for a full update. Quickly, however – the Bent White Trillium have started their bloom, Phacelia and Phlox are full-blown. There are a few Trillium cuneatum that have opened up along the horse trail. Dutchman’s Breeches and Bloodroot are gone, and Hepatica are almost completely gone (supplanted by Rue Anemone.)
Western Trillium, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (10/27/2012.) Scientific name is Trillium ovatum. Photo below was taken in Ponderosa State Park, Valley County, ID on June 1, 2012. It is also known by the common names Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium, and one variety as Oettinger’s Trillium. Go to the Western Trillium detail page for more photos and information.
Western Trillium, Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium, Oettinger’s Trillium – Trillium ovatum
Yellow Trillium, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (08/23/2012.) Scientific name is Trillium luteum. Photo below was taken at Reflection Riding in Hamilton County, TN on March 21, 2012. It is also known by the common names Yellow Wakerobin. Go to the Yellow Trillium detail page for more photos and information.