Three Trilliums

Trilliums all share the same characteristics.


They have three leaves,

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and three sepals that protect the flower while it’s still in the bud.

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Nodding white trillium (Trillium flexipes) has six stamens (with the pollen) with the pistil in the center.


Purple trillium (Trillium recurvatum)


Yellow trillium (Trillium luteum). This one was a gift from a friend a few years ago. I’ve never seen them growing naturally in southern Illinois.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Love your Nodding Trillium. Not one we’ve seen in central Ohio. However, we’re not looking hard enough or in the right places.


  2. I love white trilliums but you never see them here. The closest we come is the painted trillium, which is white with pinkish splotches on the petals. It also quite small as trilliums go.


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