Trillum is a fairly large family of plants that include about fifty different species. The experts tell us that we have two species growing here on The Sea Ranch: Western Trillium and Giant Trillium, but the latter specie is extremly rare. Some folks call trillium "Wake-Robin" because it blooms in early spring when the robins are just waking up. You will find our trillium in deep forest along with some of our other exotic wildflowers to include Fetid Adder's Tongue and our various orchids. Like Fetid Adder's Tongue, the seeds of our trillium are disperesed by ants that are attracted to the fleshy covering of the trillium seed. After pollination the ants collect the seeds and take them back to their nest. After they eat the covering, they toss the seed and voila - a new trillium plant.

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Our trillium's blooms start out pure white and gradually turn dark pink as they age. When the bloom is compltely gone the seed pod emerges to replace it. Our trillium bloom from March through June.

It is extremely tempting to pick this beautiful flower, but please understand that if you do,
you will severly damage the plant and very well may kill it. Much better to sit down
next to it and break out the picnic sandwiches.