Trilliums are one of the most revered wildflowers in Indiana. Mention Trillium and you’ll hear oohs and ahhs from your audience.
Here in good old northeast Indiana, we have five kinds of Trilliums – Large-flowered, Drooping, Snow, Prairie and Toadshade.
Large-flowered is one of the more common and the one most people can identify. A woodland floor covered with Large-flowered Trillium is an iconic image of a pristine woods.
Drooping looks a bit like Large-flowered, but doesn’t seem to carpet the ground. The flowers droop a bit and so it is not as showy. Unfortunately I don’t have any shots of Drooping at this time. Maybe next year.
Snow Trillium barely reaches northeast Indiana, but can be found on some south-facing slopes. It’s a cute little Trillium that blooms very early, hence the name Snow Trillium.
Prairie Trillium are also found in woodlands in the area. I’m not sure how it got its name since it isn’t found in prairies as far as I know. It has a maroon flower and looks a lot like Toadshade Trillium but its sepals bend downward below the leaf.
Toadshade Trillium has a cool name. You can just envision toads hanging out underneath these guys. I wonder who named this Trillium.