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Drooping Trillium - Trillium flexipes

Drooping Trillium
“I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” ~ Emma Goldman

Another gorgeous trillium, drooping trillium (Trillium flexipes) can be found throughout Ohio. The name drooping trillium refers to the way the flower droops; this is because of its long peduncle. Similar to most trilliums this plant grows best in well-drained soil and can survive shade or dappled sunlight underneath the tree canopy. The roots of drooping trillium were used by Native Americans to treat open wounds and sores and the grated rootstalk was made into a tea and used to help alleviate menstrual cramps. This is certainly a plant you don’t want to miss seeing. It can be found at Hueston Woods State Nature Preserve in Preble County, Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve in Hocking County, and Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve in Greene County.

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