Virginal Trillium ovatum
after being pollenized, see the blush?
In the wild, it it best not to pick Trillium flowers. Picking Trillium flowers sets the plant back, the green bracts are the only source of chlorophyl for the roots. By picking the flower, there is no food for the roots that year and it takes several years for the plant to make up the loss of food.
When the local Soil and Water Conservation District holds it's plant sale, I am always in the front of the line. Love to pick up wild plants for a reasonable price; while supporting a great resource.
Fully blushed trillium
When we get our retirement house, I plan on using trillium like daffodils! Think of it, white blooms followed by the lovely pink blush!
ETA: about four weeks old, the trillium is truely a one-flower show!