“God has sown his name on the heavens in glittering stars; but on earth he planteth His name by tender flowers.”
~ Jean Paul Richter, (1763-1825) German Romantic writer
This lovely white flower with just three petals on a single stem is known as the Large-flowered Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum). It can be found in the woodlands of Minnesota and I am lucky enough to have quite a few growing on my property. Because picking even a part of the plant can kill the whole thing, trilliums are considered quite fragile. In addition, this plant is slow to establish, taking years to flower.
Large-flowered trilliums are also sensitive to changes in their environment, so they can be good indicators of the health of a forest. Trillium populations have been on the decline, primarily because of soil disturbance, the loss of soil organic matter from non-native earthworms, buckthorn invasion, and overgrazing by deer. Consequently, Minnesota and many other states have laws to restrict the collection of trilliums. In Minnesota it is illegal to remove trilliums from public land or another person’s property without the owner’s consent.