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January 7, 2020
I knew that the big, fat, white trilliums I sometimes saw in the Smoky Mountains were rare. I didn’t know that trilliums came in many shapes, sizes and colors –there 10 species in the GSM park. They are part of the “spring ephemerals” show from Mother Nature that appear above ground only in late winter and early spring, then flower, fruit, and die back within a few months. Having done some research for this week’s thread starts, I have a greater appreciation for the plants, particularly the wildflowers of the park. Perhaps someday we’ll go on the Spring Wildflower pilgrimage.