A perennial, 1.5–6 dm tall, with an erect, smooth stem growing from a thick, short rhizome, which is up to 3 cm thick. A whorl of 3 sessile leaves is borne at the top of the stem. Leaves are broadly ovate, 5–20 cm long and nearly as wide, smooth on both surfaces, bases are tapering ; apices are sharply pointed; margins are entire.

Bisexual; the single terminal flower is stalked, flower stalk (peduncle), to 10 cm long. Flowers ill-scented; sepals 3, green to tinged with maroon, lanceolate, the tip sharply pointed, 1–5 cm long; petals 3, usually deep red, but may be creamy white or various shades of faded red (as in the image above), oblong-ovate, 1–5 cm long; stamens 6; the single pistil with a 6-angled, ovoid, dark red, superior ovary, 0.5–1 cm long. Flowers bloom in May and early June.

Rich deciduous woods. The red trillium is native to northeastern North America. Trillium erectum is found throughout southern Ontario; it occurs north to the Ottawa District and barely extend into northeastern Ontario, near the Lake Nipissing area. Trillium erectum is the only red-petalled trillium in Ontario.

Taken in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nikon D800
ISO 800
EV 0.00
Pattern Metering
No Flash
550 MM


  • Poete100
    Poete1006 months ago

    I love these…have not seen them is such a long time…a real Norther forest flower…they don’t grow here unfortunetely….nice capture Michael

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp6 months ago

    Very nice work

  • lorilee
    lorilee6 months ago

    Beautiful!!! We need more information about your wildflower in your
    description for the group “Wildflowers of North America.”
    Here’s a link to help you:http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-w... Thank you.

  • Carolyn Clark
    Carolyn Clark6 months ago

    Love it!!!

  • lorilee
    lorilee6 months ago

    Congratulations!! Your BEAUTIFUL image is being
    FEATURED in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...6 months ago

    Congratulations June 6, 2014

  • Rose Landry
    Rose Landry6 months ago

    excellent composition Michael – love it!

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