Edited with new found information
On a recent hike, I came across this flower that I thought was quite unusual. Upon closer inspection I noticed that it was not only very beautiful it was oddly arranged in threes. Three leaves, three pedals, and the reddish markings on the pedals formed a triangle (3 – again). I thought to myself how sometimes even the simplest of things get missed in our busy lives. In all the time that I have spent in the woods, I can truly say that until now, I have never before seen, or noticed, a flower like this one. I very nearly missed this find.
After returning home, I took some time to research my new found treasure in this flower. It’s common name is Painted trillium and it’s formal name is Trillium undulatum Willd. I had incorrectly identified it as a Snow trillium. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), it is classified as a native of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. It is part of the “order” of liliales or lily and can live 8 years or more.
I consider myself blessed to have found one and very glad to be able to share this with you! I found this one near Bear Creek, Pennsylvania. Enjoy and you can learn more at the following links, below. 😀