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Trillium catesbaei

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Catesby's trillium
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Description:
Perennial herb; stem unbranched with 3 leaves at the top; flower solitary, either erect above the leaves or pendant on a curved stalk, 3-parted, white, yellow, pink, or maroon-purple; fruit a berry.
Season:
Spring
Height:
8-20 in.
Foliage:
Whorl of three 1.5 to 3 in. elliptical leaves on a green to purple stem; stalked base; abruptly tapering pointed tips
Flower:
1.5 in. solitary, erect, nodding flower; three white to pale pink to deep rose-colored, sickle-shaped petals; three sepals; yel
Site:
Dry oak and oak-pine woods
Poison Part:
Berries and roots.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Edibility:
EDIBLE PARTS: Young, unfolding leaves HARVEST TIME: Only collect leaves from areas you know have NOT been treated with pesticides. SAFE HANDLING PROCEDURES: Wash leaves in warm water to remove dirt and debris. Do not use dish detergent or any type of sanitizer. These products can leave a residue. Cook in boiling, salted water for ten minutes and serve like greens. SOURCE: Crowhurst, A. 1972. The Weed Cookbook. Lancer Books, Inc. New York, 190 pp.
Toxic Principle:
Toxicity unknown, but caution because of its relationship with known toxic plants.
Severity:
Causes only low toxicity if eaten.
Found in:
Forest or natural area in rich woods
Life Cycle:
Perennial

NCCES plant id: 2764

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