As we settle into the middle of winter, we look expectantly ahead to spring. The trillium, Ontario’s official flower, is in the height of its bloom from mid-April through the end of May. They are also know as wake-robin because they open up their blossoms around the time that robins appear. Look for trillium in woodland areas where they provide a flowery carpet beneath the shade of forests.

Most often spotted are Pacific Trillium (trillium ovatum) which turn from pure white to pink as they age. The deep crimson colour of Red Trillium (trillium erectus) may also be spotted in some areas. Admire this fleeting flora but be sure to leave them undisturbed. The plant matures for five years before it produces blossoms. They deserve respect!

 

NOTE: It is illegal to pick trillium in some areas across North America.

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