Red Trillium, Wake Robin

(Trillium erectum)

This rhizomatous herbaceous plant in the lily family has ovate to rhombic leaves, sessile or nearly so, with acuminate tips. Stems are unbranched, the flower is usually held above the leaves, the fruit is a dark red berry. Wake Robin is common in moist woods. In Duff Park it grows on all hill sides, sometimes in very large bunches.  A few white, yellowish, and pink trillium erectum can be found in Duff Park on Fernwood Trail.