FROM THE FOREST FLOOR
Long valued by Native Americans,
the unmistakable 3-leaf trillium
is now sprouting from the wet forest floor.
Also called birthroot, "shade trillium"
is a wild perennial with well known
The young unfolding leaves are delicious
as a salad addition, tasting like sunflower seeds.
The roots can be boiled in milk as a
treatment for diarrhea and dysentery.
Native American women used trillium
to facilitate childbirth.
It was considered to be a sacred female herb,
and they only spoke of it to their medicine women.
Trillium is one of the easiest recognizable herbs,
and also a signal that morel mushrooms are not far behind.