Saturday, May 30, 2020

Get To Know New York’s Natives: Red Trillium

red trillium flowers in a forestOne of the most beloved signs of spring across the state is the red trillium wildflower (Trillium erectum). With its three deep-red petals and three whorled leaf-like structures, trillium is easily recognized by even the most beginner plant enthusiasts.

This trillium species is native to the eastern and northeastern US. In New York State, you can find it in every region. As a shade-tolerant species, trillium thrives in damp, semi-shady forests, though it emerges early in the spring to take advantage of full sun before the trees above it leaf out. Across the state, you may be able to spot this flower sometime in March through June. The flowers wither after about 2-3 weeks of blooming, leaving behind berry-like fruit that is eaten by birds and mammals.

This trillium species is listed as “exploitably vulnerable” on New York’s list of protected plants. Because of its protected status, remember that if you are lucky to spot a trillium while out in the woods, you should enjoy its brief beauty using only your eyes and your camera.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.


4 Responses

  1. Marty says:

    Yes you should get to know NY wildflowers because the photo included in the email feed to this article was not a red Trillium but instead a Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum).

  2. Chris says:

    So how come there’s a painted trillium in the table of contents? 😉

  3. Sula says:

    The photo in the Adirondack Almanack is a Red Trillium. Where are you finding these other pictures? What table of contents? I seem to be missng something here.

    • The photo they are referring to was in the daily news digest/newsletter that ran with this post. I wasn’t paying attention and grabbed a trillium photo from the Almanack archive….turns out I chose wrong, ha ha. My bad!

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