Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Trillium ovatum ssp. ovatum (Western Trillium)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Liliopsida Monocotyledons

Subclass

 Liliidae

Order

 Liliales

Family

 Liliaceae Lily family

Genus

 Trillium L. trillium

Species

 Trillium ovatum Pursh Pacific trillium

Subspecies

 Trillium ovatum Pursh ssp. ovatum Pacific trillium

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.

"I stuck my car in a mud hole one time, and when I walked around it to see what the lesson of the day was going to be I was somehow transported into a magical glade of maple trees. They were about half grown so there was light shade with an occasional sunray slipping in when a breeze lifted a leaf--you know what I mean. The ground beneath these 20-year-old youngsters was completely covered with trillium. Never having seen one in person before, I stood quietly in awe and reverence of such a beautiful vision. I saw neither elves or faeries but I am sure they were nearby."

 
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