September 19, 2017

Nodding Off

Trillium cernuum - nodding wakerobin | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

Trillium cernuum – nodding wakerobin | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

Native to northeastern North America, Trillium cernuum hides its blooms beneath the leaves when it flowers in the spring. Known as nodding wakerobin, nodding trillium and whip-poor-will flower, this member of the lily family emerges from an underground rhizome and prefers peaty or acidic soils of the forest, usually near wetlands. The plant reaches 10 to 20 inches in height, and the white flower is small, only about 1 1/2 inches across. In late summer, a red berry ripens.

Wild Wednesday is a collaboration of Garden Maine and Glen Mittelhauser of the nonprofit Maine Natural History Observatory, www.mainenaturalhistory.org.

In 2012, Glen began working to catalog the plants of Baxter State Park, which you can read about here and find out how to sponsor a plant of your own. Courtesy of a poll taken in 2012, Garden Maine is sponsoring this lovely plant.