Spring weather has finally arrived and soon it will be that time when Ontario forests will be bursting with its provincial flower – the trillium.
Last year in early May on the Bruce Trail, we encountered thousands of trilliums over a 2 week period. It was so beautiful to be walking through forested areas carpeted in the familiar white flower. To my surprise however, I discovered that the trillium also has a pink and red variation which I had never seen before.
I did a bit of research and discovered a couple of interesting (at least to me) facts about this flower that grows primarily in eastern Canada and US.
- As kids growing up, we were taught that it is illegal in Ontario to pick the trillium or disturb the plant. That isn’t quite true. Apparently they are only protected within conservation areas and provincial parks. Maybe that is the reason why they are quite prolific in Ontario but considered a ‘vulnerable’ species outside of the province.
- The white-tailed deer apparently LOVE the trillium. I guess after a long winter with a limited menu, the trillium flowers are quite the delicacy. Everyone loves spring!!
I’m looking forward to being back out on the trails next week and I’ll be keeping an eye out for the arrival of these little harbingers of spring!