Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wildflower of the Month/May

Wake Robin
May is trillium month in the mountains. Members of the trillium family grow in rich moist woodlands. The Wake Robin or Ill-scented Trillium (Trillium erectum) is not the showiest member of the family; but it is the most common and can be found throughout our region. When the trilliums bloom, spring is officially here. My favorite trillium has to be the Large Flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum). The large, creamy flowers are stunning; when in peak bloom. The Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum) is a beauty of the higher mountain regions and can usually be found at elevations above 2500 ft. May is the time to get out and enjoy the spring woodlands. Do not overlook some of the more inconspicuous wildflowers.

Posted by High Virginia Outdoors    Photography by High Virginia Images

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