Sunday, April 12, 2015
The Noble Queen of my Springtime Forest
I've had her sneaking onto and over my shaded landscape over the past several years, and I leave her be. I understand that her rhizome has a tradition of support to childbirth, and that the bracts ("leaves") are considered edible, but I also understand that she is still a vulnerable and protected plant throughout some of our eastern North America regions.
That she spreading around my little patch of land is so pleasing. Her blossom is captivating to me and I often find myself sitting with her in bloom ... just witnessing and listening. In this way, she's one my teaching plants. It pleases me too to know that our relationship with the local ants is a sound, for they do so much for our ecosystem, including "planting her seeds" here and there as they collect them for food. I understand some wasps do the same. Gotta love Nature.
As she matures over the coming weeks, she'll produce three bracts, which even I call "leaves" (to the horror of botanists everywhere!). As May nears in my world, each plant will offer a single stalk with a single flower ... each offering three gorgeous, deep-red petals and three pale and subtle green petals.
Who is she?
Can you guess?
She is the noble and humble queen of my little springtime forest. She is Trillium erectum ~ the stunning red trillium.
Walk in the Woods