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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Painted Ladies of the Forest

I told you that Sharon is a fan of Bluets but my favorite flower we spotted on the Cataloochee Divide trail was the Painted Trillium.  And we saw quite a few of them!  They are the only bi-colored trillium.

No matter how pretty they are, don't pick them!  A picked trillium is a dead trillium, and these beauties are hard to find especially in such abundance.  They like highly acidic soil and especially favor pine forests.  Their red markings radiating out from the center and their pointed petals are to guide pollinators.

They are called trillium because they display three petals and three leaves.  If you have some on your property you can dig them up and separate the rhizomes to encourage spreading but again do not disturb the wild ones!

I could gaze at those delicate crimson-splashed petals all day, especially in the glow of a shaft of filtered light.

What is one of your favorite spring wildflowers?


  1. I've never seen a Painted Trillium!

  2. I love trillium but I've never seen painted trillium. They are so pretty:)

  3. I'm with you - I love that painted trillium. We just have plain old white ones here in Oregon (but they are lovely too)