Nodding Trillium

Nodding trillium grows on a graceful stalk about eighteen inches high and has three braod, umbrella-like leaves, and sports a single drooping blossom.  It is a delicate plant, and taking any part of it would kill the emerging plant and its perennial root.

Nodding trillium grows on a graceful stalk about eighteen inches high and has three braod, umbrella-like leaves, and sports a single drooping blossom. It is a delicate plant, and taking any part of it would kill the emerging plant and its perennial root.

Beautiful nodding trillium we discovered during our June journey into the forest. Its leaves, when young, taste like sunflower seeds and can be eaten in salads or steamed like spinach, but it is a rare, slow-growing perennial, so I leave it alone. It is already under too much pressure from white tailed deer. But when I see this plant, I know where I’ll find deer later in the year when it is time to harvest wild meat. In fact, while some feel that deer should not be harvested because they are lovely creatures–and, indeed, they are–if left alone, without sufficient wild predators, deer will strip forests and glades bereft of every edible plant and drive rare plant species to extinction.  Then they themselves will die slow deaths due to starvation.  Nature must always exist in a delicate balance.

Nodding trillium plants from a higher perspective.

Nodding trillium plants from a higher perspective.

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