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No wonder these are a favorite for nature photographers! Trillium, spring ephemerals that they are, pop up suddenly, bloom for just a short while, then seemingly disappear for the rest of the year. So delicate that it’s advised not to pick their blooms, trillium are a real treat to observe in woodland settings. We’ve enjoyed spotting a few, but never picking them. We’ll leave the gardening of these precious plants up to the ants tasked with spreading their seeds.
This USDA tool can help to identify specific trillium species. Some are endangered.