|Large-flowered Trillium - note the parts in threes (petals, sepals, and leaves)|
The Large-flowered Trillium has the largest flowers of the ten Trillium species found in Michigan. The petals are white but fade to pink as they age. Individual flowers may be up to 5 1/2 inches across. This species is also known as Common Trillium and can be found in every single county of Michigan.
Large-flowered Trillium is capable of forming dense colonies. However, it rarely does because it is a favorite food of White-tailed Deer.
|A colony of Large-flowered Trillium|
Rarely, this plant will have partly or wholly green flowers - this occurs when the plant has been infected with a mycoplasma (a type of bacteria that lacks a cell wall)
|Large-flowered Trillium with a mycoplasma infection|
For information on the Large-flowered Trillium, please check out this species profile from April 2013.
To see the previous species on my list of 100 Species to Know by Sight look here.