Plant of the Week
Vasey’s Trillium (Trillium vaseyi) Harbison
By Mark Pistrang
Vasey’s trillium is a perennial herb that blooms from April to May. The inflorescence is quite showy, yet easily overlooked as it is recurved under the large spreading leaves. This plant is typically found on very rich soils of slopes and coves over mafic or calcareous rock, often in or near seepage areas.
Vasey’s trillium is native to the southeastern United States. It is not considered to be a rare species, yet like other trilliums is vulnerable to land-use conversion and habitat fragmentation.
For More Information: PLANTS Profile - Trillium vaseyi, Vasey’s Trillium