Spring Wildflowers
 

Toadshade, Sessile trillium (Trillium sessile)

Member of the Liliaceae (Lily) family.  Grows in rich moist woods, 4 - 12 inches, April - June.  Trilliums have leaves, petals, and sepals in whorls of 3.  This species has sessile (stalkless) flowers with erect petals and erect or slightly spreading sepals.  Flowers are maroon or purplish; there is also a yellow-green form.

To learn more about Toadshade, visit its profile at the USDA Plants Database