Painted Trillium

Trillium undulatum

Painted Trillium

Oh, where do I start with this one? The coppery-green leaves?  The undulating tips of the dainty white petals?  The glamorous blaze of scarlet at the flower’s center?  This little wildflower is a real showstopper!

Painted trillium is uncommon in our area, and the one below is the first I’ve ever seen! Like all the trillium species, the leaves, petals, and sepals of painted trillium are arranged in threes.  And like the other wakerobins featured in earlier posts, the flower of this species hangs from a pedicel, or flower stalk.

Painted trillium grows up to 1.5 ft. tall and prefers acid soils. This single plant was found growing in a rhododentron thicket on the banks of Big Stoney Creek in Giles County, Virginia in mid-May. Oooo-la-la!

Painted Trillium
Painted Trillium
Painted Trillium
Painted Trillium
Painted Trillium
Painted Trillium

Later…Oh, I found two more at Mountain Lake:


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow! That is one beautiful plant – and I had never heard of it either. I would love to share your photo on the Virginia Native Plant Society’s Facebook page, with or without photo credit, if you would consider it. I have really enjoyed your blog!

    1. gloria says:

      Hi Suzanne,
      Thanks so much for getting in touch. By all means, share my blog with whomever you’d like… but please know that I’m not a botanist and there are probably more than a few errors in my posts. I’m keeping this blog as a kind of journal while I’m teaching myself the plants in my area. After moving to Virginia, I heard of the astounding diversity of plant and animal life in the Appalachians. Although I had studied Biology in college, I never took a course in flower plants so I was always in the dark about what I was seeing in the woods. Last spring I decided this was a great time and place to devote some serious time to learning my plants. So that’s mybackstory.

      By the way, today I found yellow crested orchids in bloom so I will make time to go back and photograph them this week. I’ve never seen them before! They are really pretty and exotic-looking flowers!

      Thanks again and all the best! Gloria

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