Trillium ovatum ssp. ovatum (Western
Trilliums are the most beautiful of all native flowers and this one is the common trillium of the northwest.
Single stalks bear three large leaves.
Close to Easter, a large white flower with three petals opens from a small stem above the leaves. As it ages, the flower becomes a pleasing purple.
These flowers are small miracles of nature, requiring seven years to grow from seed to flower.
Found along the Pacific coast and inland throughout the Rocky Mountains (USDA 5-8), Western Trillium grows at low elevations and often along streams or seasonal waterways.
It will appreciate shade and rich soil.