Stumbling on Trilliums (My First Garden Vlog Entry)

Trilliums in Oshawa, Ontario

by Amy on May 16, 2012

Last week I was driving home from an errand when I noticed a blur of white along the ground beneath a stand of trees along a busy street in Oshawa. The nearest intersection was Wilson Road and Beatrice Street. The trilliums were in bloom! The white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) has been the provincial flower of Ontario since 1937. It’s my understanding that it is illegal to dig up or otherwise remove trilliums from their native setting but I haven’t been able to verify this through research.

I had never seen so many trilliums in bloom in the city before. I have only seen them in the woods along major highways, but never within Oshawa and never within such an accessible setting. I quickly found a place to park and brought my camera to capture them.

Some other interesting facts about the white trillium:

  • The trillium bloom features a whorl of three leaves and is a shade-loving perennial native to Ontario.
  • The trillium is a member of the lily family.
  • In addition to being the provincial flower of Ontario, the trillium is also the state wildflower of Ohio.
  • Ants help to disperse the seeds of the trillium.
  • Deer find trilliums delicious!
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