Since I was a young girl living in the Westmount community of London, Ontario, it has been a very strict law that thou shall not pick a trillium…ever!! Read through and you will better understand the laws regarding Trilliums.
As a teenager, a young adult and now 40 something, I have cherished this flower for decades. It has always struck me as odd that these beautiful flowers with lovely greenery grow so well in the shade. Actually, they only grow in the shade. White, pink and purple these flowers have always been a reminder of several things….delicate items continue to flourish in the shade, something so strong can be so fragile and lastly, why is their annual lifespan so short? Recently, I was golfing at Pike Lake when I realized, Oh My God, Trillium season is almost over and I haven’t documented the memories I have of them.
There was a woods behind our home when I was a kid and Trilliums grew like crazy. I remember playing in that woods and wanting to take home flowers for my Mom. My Dad was very adamant that I could take anything home for Mom but not those flowers. From those experiences, I have been terrified of even going near the Trillium plant/flower.
So, here I am decades later, seeing these lovely flowers between the 8th green and the 2nd tee. They are just as lovely as I remember but come to find out, not illegal to pick. Personally, I have chosen not to disrupt the perky white flowers with the trademark petals that are ripe for the picking this spring – and, despite what most Ontarians think – it is not always illegal to pluck or otherwise “annoy” the trillium.
There is a $500 fine for picking, cutting down, pulling up, injuring or destroying the plant known in Latin as the Trillium grandiflorum BUT only on property owned by conservation authorities and provincial parks. Many of us have been living under the misconception that the trillium was untouchable under the eyes of the law.