Trillium ovatum is one of the sweetest of our native spring ephemerals. Also known by the charming names of trinity flower or Western wake robin, this pure white flower with broad, heart-shaped leaves blooms from April into June in shady places. Catching site of trillium in bloom beneath a big old rhododendron or a between tree trunks is almost like glimpsing a shy woodland bird or other creature, for they always seem reticent despite their showy, glowing whiteness.
Trillium prefer moist soil and part-to-full shade. The flowers are fragrant, and sometimes tinged in pink. Trillium ovatum are native from British Columbia to central California.
Trillium are blooming a little early this year; here's one in full flower in the Dunn Gardens last week.