Seasonal Observations: Western Trillium

Western Trillium
An annual excursion I cherish is a visit to the Trillium woods.  These glowing white wildflowers are amongst the first to bloom and yet many people fail to see them because they typically grow in shady woods, often amidst some thick Devil’s club or Stinging Nettle. Come spring, my mom and I used to walk to the back of the farm along the old road to the sawmill, searching for that illusive flash of white and perhaps stopping to admire a patch of Yellow Wood Violets along the way.  I was fascinated by the way the Trilliums would turn pink then almost purple as they aged.  When I consulted my Plants of Coastal British Columbia, I discovered that ants are a major distributor of seeds for this plant as they feed the seeds to their larvae. Despite the ants, the nettles and the Devil’s Club, a meander through the woods to see these Trilliums is definitely worthwhile.unnamed

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