Large White Trillium

Large White Trillium or Western Wakerobin, Trillium ovatum

Newly opening Trillium in spring, photographer Shari Brewer

Trillium grow in rich deep moist soil of the forest floor. The common name "Wakerobin" is because it is an early sign of spring and like the Robins is a harbinger of spring.   "Tri" meaning three, the trillium has three Broad ovate "leaves" with three large white petals, three sepals and  showy white filaments and yellow anthers in the center.

Beautiful Trillium growing along Bedal Creek Trail

The plants are perennials growing from rhizomes which produce scapes such as a garlic does, a strong straight stem with bracts encapsulating a flower.  When the Trillium begins to open the three leaf like bracts open up and will become photosynthetic producing nourishment for the plant through sunlight.

Aging Trillium, photographer Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

As the Trillium matures it turns from a light pink to a rich wine color the petals will soon drop away exposing fleshy capsule like fruit bearing seeds.

You will often times find trillium growing among Yellow Wood Violets, Western Bleeding Heart and Siberian Miner's LettuceYou will find Trillium beginning to bloom in April and later in higher elevations  Good trails to see Trillium are Beaver Lake , Lookout Tree, Old Sauk Trail, Bedal Creek and North Fork Sauk Trail.