Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Snow Trillium
Trillium nivale
Family: Liliaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S1

Mesophytic forests with limestone derived soils, slopes associated with large river systems.

Species Description:
A small, early spring blooming herb with a whorl of three leaves, and three showy white petals.

Flowering Period: Early March to late April.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Plants under 10 cm tall, flowers white and peduncled. Ovary 3 lobed (not winged), leaves definitely petioled. Peduncle recurved in fruit.

Disturbance such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental.

Global Range:
Ranging from Pennsylvania and Michigan west to South Dakota south to Virginia and Nebraska (Kartesz 1999), on calcareous substrates.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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