31THE DROOPING TRILLIUM

Trilliums are herbaceous perennial – which means that it is a non woody plant that comes back every year.  Trilliums are members of the lily family.
Trilliums are herbaceous perennial – which means that it is a non woody plant that comes back every year. Trilliums are members of the lily family.
If you walk through the woods along the Sydenham River in the spring, you may notice bold white flowers covering the forest floor. These are trilliums, one of the first woodland flowers to appear in the spring. The trillium was adopted as Ontario’s provincial symbol in 1935.

There are five species of Trillium native to Ontario, but the Drooping Trillium (Trillium flexipes) is of particular importance to the Sydenham River. There are only two wild populations left in Ontario. The larger of the two flourishes along the Sydenham River and contains more then 500 flowering plants.

In 1996 the Federal Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) recognized the Drooping Trillium as an endangered species. It has also been listed as provincially endangered.

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