Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Liliales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Test-drive A Teaching Key to Trillium.
Learn more about Prairie Trillium from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Prairie Trillium, Prairie Wake-robin, Recurved Trillium
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Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_trillium_recurvatum_7
Leaves distinctly petiolate, borne in an ascending manner, per Weakley's Flora (2015).
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_trillium_recurvatum_9
Petals 2-3x long as wide, with narrowed bases resembling claws, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.
David Campbell mdc_trillium_recurvatum
May Catawba County NC
This rich streamside flat is its only known occurrence in NC.
Patrick D. McMillan pdmtrec_1
Sepals become sharply recurved and extend downward between petioles, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.
Native to North Carolina
Documented growing wild in - NC -
Look for it in rich soils of cove over calcareous rock, per Weakley's Flora
A single terminal whorl of 3 leaves
Leaves distinctly petioled
Maroon or yellow
Flowers are sessile.
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee p182
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide p124
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States p167
- Wildflowers of Tennessee p374
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians p430