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April 21, 2011 / virginiatrailschristine

In Bloom: Trillium grandiflorum

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum - Trillium

Trillium carpet the forest floor in white!

Genus: Trillium grandiflorum

Trillium is a native wildflower in North America. It has been used for medicinal purposes throughout the ages, especially by Native Americans. Trillium are easily identified by the three main leaf bracts that start to show in the early part of spring.  Flowers are usually white, but can also be red, pink, pale purple and even occasionally yellow.  There are at least 39 species of trillium.

Fun Fact:  This fact might not be fun, but it’s something everyone should know about trillium!  Picking a trillium flower injures the plant by preventing the bracts from producing food for the next year. A plant takes many years to recover.

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  1. Jan Sievers Mahon / May 7 2011 9:19 am

    Trillium grandiflorum is the full name of this Trillium.

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