Catesby’s Trillium (Trillium catesbaei) is one of my favorite Smoky Mtn wildflowers. The bloom is similar to White Trillium, and it also can be found in white, pink and red. However, the Catesby’s Trillium bloom hangs down below the familiar three leaves of the plant rather than the erect habit of the White Trillium. Also, Catesby is smaller and daintier than the White.
This is one of the rare ones in this family, found more on the western side of the Great Smoky Mountains, such as along Schoolhouse Gap Trail in April. I have not seen Catesby Trillium growing in the large groups that are characteristic of White Trillium.
Please stop in and visit me to see the complete display of Smoky Mountains Photography at the William Britten Gallery in Gatlinburg, TN.