3.12.2009

The Number of the Counting...

...shall be three. Three leaves, three petals.

This tiny little trillium is hard to find amongst all the leaf litter. Each year we begin looking for it in late February and early March, and each year it is a gift when we find it. This is the only trillium that grows in our area, making it all the more special to us.

Virginia Least Trillium, Trillium pusillum var. virginianum


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8 comments:

Tom said...

This delicate little trillium is new for me, we don't have it in Ohio, thanks for sharing.

Tom

Woodswalker said...

How lovely! We're still frozen up here in the Adirondacks but soon I'll hope to see hepatica buds, clad in furry jackets to keep warm. Such a lovely trillium. We don't get that one here. Thanks.

KaHolly said...

Such hope! I love trilliums and am blessed to be able to search out 2 different kinds in my area. It won't be long before I'm out there daily, visiting my favorite spots where the ephemeral spring flowers grow! I have a few sets of cards in my little Etsy shop featuring some of my favorites.

Anonymous said...

Swampy- In the midst of all the pollen here in Texas I am yearning to get to my NE'rn spring. I'm beginning to itch to walk the road in Maine looking for the trilliums, etc... Meanwhile, I'll enjoy the drought stunted Texas wildflowers.

Maineiac

gillesarbour said...

I am so envious! It is freezing cold this morning up here in Quebec. We'll start seeing trillium in few months only...

Oh well - cross country skiing is wonderful... I guess.

Rurality said...

Well it may be the only one, but it sure is a good one!

I keep trying to will it into being on our property (Alabama variety), but so far it hasn't worked! I am just a little too far south I guess.

denapple said...

It's beautiful all right, but where's the frog hiding?

swamp4me said...

Tom,
They are pretty rare around here. I know of two populations in the home swamp and I have a report from 1976 of a population in the work swamp.

Woodswalker,
I love hepatica. Unfortunately, I have seen any in years. Enjoy your flowers when they do bloom -- yours up north tend to be more spectacular than ours here in the swamp ;)

KaHolly,
Treebeard and I had a fabulous time in Maine in June of 2004. There were flowers everywhere! We were familiar with quite a few of them but several sent us to the field guides in search of a name.

Maineiac,
I know you will enjoy your walks when you get back...see my comment above.

gillesarbour,
I know you're tired of winter but hang on, spring's just around the corner!

rurality,
Keep your eyes open -- you never know what you might find :)

denapple,
The frog wouldn't show his face -- all we heard was his chuckle ;)