Paths, summer, Oak Path, trillium 1980
Alternate Title: Trillium by Oak Path
Photograph by Richard E. Weaver, 1943-, American
Oak Path, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Richard E. Weaver joined the Arboretum in 1970 as horticultural taxonomist and held various positions including editor of Arnoldia and acting director before his departure in 1983. Weaver worked closely with living collections, directing planting for many years and organizing collecting expeditions from South America to Asia and the Soviet Union.
Trillium (trillium, wakerobin, tri flower, birthroot, birthwort) is a genus of perennial wildflowers native to temperate regions of North America and Asia. This is one of the most diverse genus of flowering plants in New England, with at least three dozen species to its credit. Richard Weaver described this wildflower among others in Arnoldia,
“The Latin name of the genus is derived from the fact that the parts of the plants are in threes: three leaves, petals, sepals, and stigmas, and six stamens. It also indicates a major difference between Trilliums and most other members of the Lily Family: the fact that the sepals and petals are very different in color and structure rather than being similar, as in the true Lilies which appear to have six ‘petals.'”
The popular White Trilliums (Trillium grandiflorum) have also been known to symbolize the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Ghost), is the provincial emblem of Ontario, and the state wild flower of Ohio.
Join us on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 for the 72nd Annual International Lily Show at the Arnold Arboretum.
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