“Clifty Falls Toadshade (Trillium)”

Now how is that a name for a wildflower “Toadshade”….According to Wikipedia..

Trillium sessile (Toadshade or Sessile-flowered wake-robin) is a perennial spring wildflower native to the central part of the eastern United States and the Ozarks. It is a small trillium (rarely over 9 cm tall). Toadshade can be distinguished from other trilliums by its single foul smelling, stalkless, flower nestled in the middle of its three leaves. The three maroon petals, maintain a “closed” posture throughout its presence, the petals are occasionally pale green. The leaves are sometimes, but not always mottled with shades of light and dark green. Its species name comes from the Latin word sessilis which means low sitting, and refers to its stalkless flower.

T. sessile is most common in rich moist woods but also can be found in rich forests, limestone woods, flood plains, along fence rows. It is persistent under light pasturing.[2] The foul smelling flowers attract its primary pollinators, flies and beetles.[3] The flowers are present from April-June. This plant is clump forming from a thick rhizome. The above ground parts of the plant die back by mid-summer, but may persist longer in areas that do not completely dry out.

Toadshade is listed as state threatened in Michigan and state endangered in New York; both states are on the northern edge of its range.[4]

I shot these cool little wildflowers at Clifty Falls State Park near Madison Indiana,I really liked how the late evening light bathed these other wise flat and ordinary flower with golden light, even these hardy wildflowers took a serious hit by the cold wet spring e have experienced here in Southern Indiana.  At last I was able to get this shot before they got frozen out, th same can’t be said for the other spcies of flowers but this one turn out alright.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, as always click on image for best view !!


2 thoughts on ““Clifty Falls Toadshade (Trillium)”

  1. Bo Mackison

    I kept looking at these lovely wildflowers, thinking “toadshade? They look like trillium.” And THEN I read what you had written. So, what a neat trillium–never seen a toadshade before. Glad they didn;t get frozen.

  2. montucky

    What an interesting trillium! They are very pretty! The trilliums that we have here are now blooming in profusion, late because of the cold weather, but otherwise unaffected. They got snowed upon last night again.


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