Life in Christian County, Kentucky... More About Trees and Plants...
This actually falls under the category of unfinished business...
A few weeks ago, I posted a photo of the plants at left that I had seen as Isaac and I were walking down a backroad through the woods.
I wrote that I didn't know what the name of the plant was. Emily advised me in the comments that it was probably a trillium, and Lewis E. informed me of the same by email.
A bit of research reveals that my readers are absolutely correct. This is Trillium cuneatum, a spring wildflower of the eastern U.S. forests.
Common names I found associated with the plant include:
- Little sweet Betsy
- Wake robin
- Toadshade trillium
- Toad trillium
- Hugher's trillium
- Ground lily
- Rose trillium
- Jew's harp trillium
- Goblet trillium
- Whippoorwill flower
Trilleum cuneatum is included (pdf file) in the APSU online guide to KY / TN wildflowers of the Land Between the Lakes region that notes, "It is not widespread in LBL [Land Between the Lakes], but is locally abundant in a few mesic woods and usually colonial when found."
Read more about Trillium cuneatum at:
- Paghat's Garden: Trilleum cuneatum -an interesting natural history of the plant
- Rurality: Trillium cuneatum -- blog post with many photos of toadshade Trillium in bloom