Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Catesby's Trillium, Asheville, NC  -  2014
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Trillums are one of my favorite wild flowers, and they are only around for a relatively short period each spring. There are many varieties, ranging in several shades of white, pink, yellow, and even maroon. I found this Catesby's trillium (also known as rose trillium) at the UNCA botanical gardens last Saturday. The Catesby's is named after British naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749) who made two trips to North America to collect and document the plants of our area. He is the author of The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands.

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