|Snow Trillium, Trillium nivale|
|Snow Trillium with a little perspective.|
Snow Trillium is generally quite small, but the first of this year's crop seem to be Lilliputian! The nickle puts it all in perspective.
As much as I wish you could walk on your local woodlot and find these specialty flowers, it is not likely to happen. They are few and far between. Ohio's botanically savvy make pilgrimages across many miles to visit known sites each year. This location in Adams County. There are a few in Columbus and others, near Clifton Gorge. Just stumbling across them is nearly impossible, as they also present a challenge to find due to their size alone.
Land preservation and stewardship carried out by organizations like Ohio Natural Areas and Preserve Association, Ohio Department of Natural Areas and Preserves, The Nature Conservancy, and Arc of Appalachia is more important than ever.
Please help us protect the smallest of our woodland wonders for future wild flower enthusiasts.