Seen at roadsides and in deep or open forests alike, the trillium is a common species at the Park. The flowers are composed of three petals, three sepals, and leaves in threes.
Location: Park road between Tahoma Creek and Kautz Creek, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: April 30, 2014
Western Trillium grows from the low elevation forest to the subalpine, and thus enjoys an extended flowering season; it is not unusual to encounter the bright blossoms from April to July.
Location: Carter Falls trail, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: June 10, 2014
The petals fade to maroon as they age, but this flower is unusual in having pinkish petals when first opened. This is subspecies ovatum.
Location: Stevens Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park
Date: June 11, 2014