Despite the cold snap, here’s a happy sign of spring.
Yesterday the Botanical Society of Western PA hiked in the southeastern corner of Allegheny County and found snow trillium in bloom.
Snow trillum (Trillium nivale) is a small plant only 2-4″ tall that is so hardy it will even bloom in snow. It’s quite rare throughout its range and is considered vulnerable in Pennsylvania because it requires undisturbed habitat. Logging and mining threaten its existence.
This data sheet about snow trillium indicates it only occurs in our corner of the state.
We are lucky to have it.
(photo by Dianne Machesney)