EDIBLE - see below
The name Wake-Robin indicates that the flowers bloom in early spring, around the time when robins arrive. The genus name "Trillium" is probably from "tres" or three in reference to the leaves. "Ovatum" means ovate (similar in shape to a hen's egg - broadest below the middle) and refers to the shape of the leaves.
The Trillium is a single-flowered unbranched plant which grows 8 to 16 inches tall. It has 3 broadly ovate, short-stemmed leaves towards the top of the main stem. The flower of 3 petals is 1 to 2 inches across, sitting in an erect stalk that arises from the whorl of leaves. The green sepals are almost as long as the petals but are narrower and alternate with the petals. Six yellow anthers highlight the floral center. The white petals of the Trillium turn pink, then rose-colored with age.
It can be found along stream banks and on the floor of open and deep woods.
Edible and medicinal value:
This plant may be boiled as greens. The root was used by some western native American groups as a presumed aid to childbirth and was nicknamed the Birthroot.