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Painted Trillium

Even in the rain, Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum) can brighten one’s day.  Its species name, “undulatum” aptly describes its wavy-margined petals and its common name reflects the splash of pink in the center of the white flower.  This member of the Lily family likes acid woods and bogs. Look for it in mature, second-growth forests of Red Maple, Paper Birch, Eastern Hemlock and Eastern White Pine. Wildflowers likely to be found where Painted Trillium grows include Starflower, Sarsaparilla, Canada Mayflower, Indian Cucumber-root, Partridgeberry and Goldthread.

4 responses

  1. This is a favorite of mine too and I was thrilled to find it growing in my woods when I first moved here 20 years ago. I still watch for it every spring. Your description of its habitat and companions certainly applies here too.

    May 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

  2. Any one knows of a specific site or sites in Massachusetts or New England where the Painted Trillium grows?

    May 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    • Apparently they’re quite common in the Erving State Forest, which is located just north of the Millers River in the towns of Erving, Warwick, and Orange, Massachusetts. I bet the New England Wildflower Society could pinpoint an area near you. They surely have some growing at their headquarters, in the Garden of the Woods, in Framingham, Massachusetts — but would probably know where they are growing in the wild as well. They are just at their prime in Vermont, so I don’t know if they have gone by in Massachusetts by now. Good luck!

      May 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm

  3. Etienne

    Wow – this is a beautiful flower!

    May 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

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