Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Red Trillium (Red Wakerobin) (Trillium erectum): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 5, 2012 Outside of Lisbon, Maine This plant was discussed at the Spring Foraging class today. See Early Spring Foraging Class pictures. Normally, I only consider plants that I find and identify for this web page. Otherwise, I would not really be learning anything. These pictures of the Red Trillium are from early this morning, before the foraging class, so I do consider it my find even though it was discussed later at class.

It is edible before it flowers in the early Spring (mid- to late-April, perhaps early May further North). It has a nice cucumber taste which turns more bitter when the plant flowers. It works well in a salad. The a decoction of the rhizomes (underground stems) are used medicinally in a poultice for wounds.