Montana Outdoors

May 9, 2018

PacificTrilliums

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 7:43 am

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium, Western White Trillium

Pacific Trillium, Western White Trillium

Pacific Trillium ~ trillium ovatum

These have been in bloom for some time now and these photos were taken at various stages of maturity: all stages can still be found but at different elevations. The second photo is at the beginning of the bloom and can still be found now in that condition above about 3,500 feet elevation. The last photo was taken on the same day but at 2,400 feet and it has already turned pinkish purple, their last stage. I was unable this year to visit my favorite place for them in mid April where I usually find the largest and best specimens.

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  1. Can’t think of too many flowers that undergo this type of color transformation, lovely!

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    Comment by centralohionature — May 9, 2018 @ 7:46 am

    • I’ve seen only a few species that transform just that way. I took me quite awhile to figure out that I wasn’t seeing two different species of trilliums.

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      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2018 @ 8:17 am

  2. I thought right away that they must be two colour phases. So I’ve learned something new.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 9, 2018 @ 8:30 am

    • I was amazed when I learned that they change colors. In fact I went so far one year as to mark the spot where one was blooming not far from the trail head when in was white and in full bloom. I checked on it several times and was able to see the transformation and color change.

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      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2018 @ 8:43 am

  3. So beautiful and different from our Maine species.

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    Comment by lmachayes — May 9, 2018 @ 8:37 am

    • There are two species native to Montana, but only one of them in this local area. The ones at low elevations are about at the end of their bloom, but they will still be blooming at much higher elevation long into summer.

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      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2018 @ 8:45 am

  4. They’re very beautiful. I like how they go over to pink as they age.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — May 9, 2018 @ 3:32 pm

  5. It would be hard to pick which stage is most attractive. It’s fun making those discoveries on one’s own instead of just reading about it.

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    Comment by Candace — May 9, 2018 @ 9:10 pm

  6. I’ve still not seen a trillium in real life — if I don’t head north, I might never! I think they’re so pretty, and that’s a remarkable transformation in color. we have some flowers that will do that, like the rain lilies which go from white to pink, but the change isn’t so dramatic. The prickly pear will transform from orange buds to yellow blooms, and back again. It is wonderful fun to watch them, and trek back to see what they’re up to as they age.

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    Comment by shoreacres — May 9, 2018 @ 10:33 pm

    • I’ve watched the cycles of prickly pear too. One of my regrets is that I didn’t photograph many of the flowers in Arizona, but that was another time and we didn’t have digital photography in those days. I hope you do get to see some trilliums. They have their own magic.

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      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2018 @ 7:51 am


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