Oh, where do I start with this uncommon wildflower? The coppery-green leaves? The undulating tips of the dainty white petals? The glamorous scarlet blaze at the flower’s center? Maybe I should just say, “This little trillium is a real showstopper!”
Like all the trillium species, the leaves, petals, and sepals of painted trillium are arranged in threes. And like all the other wakerobins, the single flowers of painted trillium hang from a pedicel, or flower stalk. The flower is white with a deep red center that radiates outward.
Painted trillium is shorter than the other wakerobins. It tops out at about 1.5 ft. tall. The plant prefers sites with acid soils. The photos below were taken in the forest at fairly high elevations in the mountains of southwest Virginia.