Adirondack Wildflowers:  Painted Trillium at the Paul Smiths VIC

Adirondack Wildflowers:
Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum)

Adirondack Wildflowers:  Painted Trillium at the Paul Smiths VIC (19 May 2012) Adirondack Wildflowers: Painted Trillium at the Paul Smiths VIC (19 May 2012)

Painted Trillium (sometimes called Painted Lady) is a wildflower that sports a single elegant white flower, splashed with bright pink above three, large, blue-green leaves. The flower is usually 2 inches wide. The petals are lance-shaped and have a tapered, pointed tip. The flower is followed by bright-red fruits, which appear in early fall. The flower has an inverted, pink V at the base of each white, wavy-edged petal. The flowers are pollinated by Insects. The plant is 8-20 inches tall.

Painted Trillium can be found in cool, moist woods and swamps. It grows in full shade (in deep woodland) or semi-shade (in light woodland). This plant is usually found beneath acid-loving trees such as eastern white pine, red maple, red spruce and balsam fir. Painted Trilliums grow in eastern North America, from Nova Scotia to Ontario and Wisconsin, south to Georgia and Missouri.

Adirondack Wildflowers:  Painted Trillium in bloom at the Paul Smiths VIC (16 May 2012)Adirondack Wildflowers: Painted Trillium in bloom at the Paul Smiths VIC (16 May 2012)

Painted Trilliums may be seen on many of the trails at the Paul Smiths VIC. They are particularly abundant on the western portion of the Heron Marsh Trail, between the floating bridge and the Heron Marsh boardwalk. Trilliums usually bloom in May.

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Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

Explore the Trails

The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.