Wayne County, IL



Picture courtesy of Michael J. Von Gebel

This particular Trillium is located in my garden.  I rescued this one as well from the bulldozers clearing the woods for a new housing development.

Trillium is a fairly common wildflower in Missouri although some types are endangered throughout the country

 American Indians used the root powder to stop bleeding during childbirth.  Its also been reported have been used to stop other forms of bleeding including nosebleeds. Some sources say the Native Americans drank tea for multiple ailments.  The bruised leaves are also used for boils or skin eruptions in the form of a poultice.

The flower has three green leaves that sometimes appear mottled.  The flower is a deep, dark red color other types of trillium have white flowers and green flowers.  The trillium flower has three petals pointing straight up and opens slightly as the flower ages.  The stamen is usually yellow. Its common name is Wake Robin, Toad Shade.














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