Posted by: oceannah | May 9, 2012

Protecting wild flowers Painted Trillium – Trillium undulatum

Painted Trillium Trillium undulatum– status exploitably vulnerable

This is a lovely example of the Painted trillium we have growing in our back yard forest.  It is a gorgeous plant that is on the  NY state threatened and endangered list of plants as explolitably vulnerable.  Well what the heck does that mean?   In short, exploitably vulnerable means a plant or listed species are likely to become threatened in the near future throughout all or a significant portion of their range within the state if causal factors continue unchecked.

One of the things I love about this property is the opportunity to identify and save such plants.  We do this by first making a positive identification.  Secondly we mark the territory of the plant or colony of plants so the area is not cut/mowed/heavily trafficked.  These trillium’s showed up a few years ago.  We have marked their locations by using surveyor’s tape.

surveyor’s tape marks the area of protected plants so we can still identify the area after the plant is spent for the season

There are multiple trillium’s scattered around in the area.  We are in the process of eradicating the hay scented fern’s that have become a scourge out back….but that’s a whole ‘nother story 😉  Wildflowers are beautiful and many have medicinal or culinary properties.  For our purposes, the painted trillium is merely a plant to be enjoyed for it’s beauty.  Offering protection even on this small scale, is very satisfying.

beautiful for spring

So if you see these lovely flowers on your next walk or hike, enjoy, but please…pick the daisies, not the trillium’s.  What flowers are growing in your back yard? If you see some but don’t know their name, send me a picture and we’ll work together to identify your resident flower:)




  1. I love that you go through such conservation efforts on your own property! Kudos.

    • Thanks Kristina, when we all do the little things, they add up to big things.

  2. You are so lucky to have these growing wild in your yard!

    • We definitely feel blessed!

  3. I used to find trilliums along the salmon rivers of western Oregon. Always a thrill.

    • It is thrill! Glad you stopped by 🙂

  4. Beautiful flowers! I’ve got some here I’ll send pics of 🙂

    • Great! I look forward to seeing them Sandi.

  5. Great post, thanks! Wish I had wild flowers growing in my yard, but I’m in an urban setting.

    • Glad to share!

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