trillium

[tril-ee-uhm]
noun
any of several plants belonging to the genus Trillium, of the lily family, having a whorl of three leaves from the center of which rises a solitary, three-petalled flower.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus), apparently alteration of Swedish trilling triplet, alluding to the foliation

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trillium (ˈtrɪljəm)
 
n
any herbaceous plant of the genus Trillium, of Asia and North America, having a whorl of three leaves at the top of the stem with a single central white, pink, or purple three-petalled flower: family Trilliaceae
 
[C18: from New Latin, modification by Linnaeus of Swedish trilling triplet]

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Because painted trillium is an endangered botanical species, its occurrence is rare.
So a double-flowered trillium is native but exotic, old-fashioned but new.
Trillium will send you information about itself and tell you when your membership begins.
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