Trillium grandiflorum
(Large-Flowered Trillium)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Large-Flowered Trillium, White Trillium, Great White Trillium, White Wake-Robin, Wood Lily
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 7
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: March - May
    Status: Native

Trillium grandiflorum, or Large-Flowered Trillium, is native the eastern third of the United States. It grows in rich, open woods, and often can spread to the margins of the woodland edge as well. It blooms in early spring, with large white flowers on a single stalk, with three leaves.

Although there are about 40 species in the United States, many of the species in this genus are easy to tell apart. All of the Trilliums are divided into two groups: stalked (pedunculate) and stalkless (sessile). In sessile Trilliums, the flowers rest right on the leaves without a stalk; in pedunculate Trilliums, there is a stalk, or peduncle, that holds the flower. Trillium grandiflorum is a stalked, or pedunculate type and is one of the easiest to identify, because it has large white flowers that are above the leaves. It also has bright yellow anthers. The flowers often turn pink as they age. This plant is known to carpet entire portions of forest floors over time.

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