The Trillium – The Floral Emblem of Ontario
Since 1937, the white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) has been the floral emblem of Ontario. The flower can be found in wooded areas throughout the province in early May. Other candidates for the official flower of Ontario included the dandelion, Scotch thistle, orange lily, and shamrock.
(The white trillium is also one of two official flowers for the state of Ohio, since 1987.)
The name trillium derives from the arrangement of leaves, petals, and sepals, all in groups of three. The trillium is a perennial plant of the Trilliaceae family, sometimes classified as a subfamily of the Lily family.
Toronto, Canada. May 13, 2002.
Where you find the showy white trilliums, occasionally you can also find purple trilliums (Trillium erectum). But while you can easily find hundreds or thousands of white trilliums, only a few purple trilliums can be found. In comparison with the white variety, the purple trillium is very similar, but the flower is smaller.
Trilliums and Other Wildflowers
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