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