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Painted Trillium
Trillium undulatum

Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum) Other common names: Painted Wake-robin

Other scientific names: Trillium erythrocarpum

French names: Trille ondulé

Family: Trillium Family (Trilliaceae), (Lily Family (Liliaceae))

Group: Trilliums

Similar species:
  •   White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) - No painted center.

  •   Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) - Flower hanging down below the leaves.


Flowers: Spring;  White;  3 parts (petals)

Leaves: Opposite/Whorled, Simple, Entire

Habitat: Forests

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 124    Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 212, 240   

Native/Non-native: Native

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Common Name: The pink ring in the center of the flower appears to have been painted on.


Photographs: 335 photographs available, of which 6 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum)

Painted Trillium flower.

Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum)

Note the pink ring in the center of the flower which gives it its common name Painted Trillium.

Note the variability of the petal width between this photo and the preceeding one.

Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum)

Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum)

From the side the pink ring inside may not be visible, making this one appear to be a White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum).

Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum)

Nice patch growing of Painted Trilliums growing on a mossy boulder in the woods.

Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum)

Typical three-leaved configuration of Painted Trillium, in fact of most Trilliums.


Range map for Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)