The Western White Trillium (Trillium Ovatum), Stunning Early Bloomer of the Forest

I always look forward to spring. The forest comes alive with new growth. One of the early attention grabbers along the trail behind my home is the Western White Trillium.

A solitary three-petaled blossom unfurls from a stem about a foot off the ground. The pure white flower is collared by three large leaves. This type of trillium is native to Western North America. It likes moist soil and full to partial shade. During the life of the flower, the color slowly changes from white to pink, and then to maroon.

During the first year, the flower pedals are narrow and come to a point at the tip. With each passing season, they become broader with a more rounded end.

Although these flowers would make a lovely bouquet, picking them should be avoided. The trillium matures very slowly. It can take up to two decades before it reaches the stage where it can produce blossoms. Picking the flowers may interrupt blooming for another seven years.

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9 Responses to The Western White Trillium (Trillium Ovatum), Stunning Early Bloomer of the Forest

  1. Kelly J. says:

    Beautiful pictures

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  2. dria says:

    Thanks! I just identified the plant I was looking for. I really appreciate it.

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  4. Finn Holding says:

    Like our woodland bluebells, they’re there to be gazed and marvelled at, left where they are and treasured as memories, not placed in a vase to wither and die. Lovely pictures Rick.

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  5. Thank you so much! I have to do a plant book for my science class and I’m using the Western White Trillium. I found all of the information beside if it was Sexual or Asexual . I was wondering if you knew?

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