Nature As Neighbors - A Time for Trilliums

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

We were both thrilled to see Trilliums again poking through the green moss and ferns along the Lacamas Heritage Trail in Camas. It's our favorite local trail and we often take our Golden Retriever, McKinley, there for exercise. Truthfully, it's for our exercise needs too. The trail winds through woods, and open spaces offer glimpses of Lacamas Lake, Lacamas Creek, and in certain spots, Mt. Hood. Favorable scenery adds to the enjoyment of our workout. 

Seasons bring different forms of beauty to the trail, but lately, an onslaught of rainy weather and unseasonably cold temperatures has kept it somewhat bleak, and muddy. This week, a few days of sunny weather has helped, not only is the trail drying out, but the Spring wildflowers are starting to pop. Nature's gifts often stop us in our tracks and this week was no exception. Bernie and Mac waited patiently while I dug my iPhone out of my pocket to snap a few photos of the delicate rhizome, Trillium ovatum ( western trilllum). 

Trillums are easily disturbed, and sadly, picking them will retard the plants ability to bloom. Children too, are enchanted by them and often can't resist picking numerous blooms to surprise mom. Therefore, many public parks and trails in our area have warnings posted to leave the trilliums alone. It's the only way to ensure their ability to bring beauty back to the forest floor year after year. In the wild, they grow in open to dense forests in moist low to mid-level elevations, and many times they are found in areas that are boggy in early spring.

By the way, there are a number of ViewHomes for sale in the Lacamas Lake area of Camas. If you're interested in taking a tour and learning about the many nearby amenties, we'd love to be your guides. Contact us today at



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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

What a pretty surprise to come across on your hike with Mac.  

Apr 06, 2017 10:22 AM #2
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Debb and Bernie, exercising outdoors is the best, especially during this time of the year when flowers are poking. I love riding my bicycle on the trail but that's short lived as FL summers can be brutal. Enjoy Camas, I appreciate all the beautiful photos you share.

Apr 06, 2017 10:23 AM #3
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

That is a very pretty looking flower. Nice surprise to receive when out for a walk. We were just down in Charlotte seeing our grandchildren and they are so far ahead of us that coming home is like waiting for Christmas so we can unwrap the presents.

Apr 06, 2017 10:44 AM #4
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb - I remember trilliums from other climates - they're lovely in a forest setting. If I were in the NW right now, I'd be out hunting for morels - it should be a good year for them.

Apr 06, 2017 01:28 PM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

One day they are here, the next day they are gone. I don't know if I should blame it on the deer or not Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD... 

Apr 06, 2017 02:05 PM #6
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Debb it's so fun hiking and being surprised by spring flowers!

Apr 06, 2017 02:39 PM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb and Bernie,

What a lovely little plant, and it makes great ground cover.  I am looking forward to the weekend and getting out into the great outdoors again.  A

Apr 06, 2017 02:44 PM #8
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Mother nature is full of amazing beauty. These are like a small lily.

Apr 06, 2017 03:46 PM #9
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Trilliums - So that's what those are called.  I've seen them a few times the last several years, but didn't know what they were.

Apr 06, 2017 04:15 PM #10
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I learned something here, Debb. I did not know the name and didn't know that picking the flowers hurt the plants. 

Apr 06, 2017 07:15 PM #11
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Spring is in full boom in Washington State.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 06, 2017 07:43 PM #12
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thanks for sharing the Trillums! I haven't seen them since I moved from Northern, IL! They are so beautiful. I remember sitting at the edge of the forest making up stories about fairies and trolls to my kids and told them they were hiding underneath the Trillums!

Apr 06, 2017 10:18 PM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Nature is so beautiful, I love seeing plants and bushes that don't look like they will bloom, but then they have such beautiful blooms!

Apr 07, 2017 05:50 AM #14
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Good Morning Debb and Bernie, Trilliums have a calm look to me, I would enjoy walking on a trail and admiring them. I think it's great you shared the blossoms should not be picked. Probably not something most of us would know, I sure didn't. Have a wonderful weekend. 

Apr 07, 2017 06:25 AM #15
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your experience and your photograph. It is so easy to miss the smaller gifts of beauty provided by nature.

Apr 08, 2017 05:28 AM #16
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debb and Bernie -- like Myrl Jeffcoat --- I didn't know the name "trillium" --- yet another day I've learned something new on ActiveRain.  

Apr 08, 2017 09:33 AM #17
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

So many beautiful trails in your scenic woods Debb and so many beautiful flowers.  Like Michael Jacobs I had not heard of trilliums but they do look like a lovely plant.

Apr 08, 2017 07:13 PM #18
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debb & Bernie I have never heard the words Trillium, I probably seen them in my travels but did not connect the dots... glad to learn something new again...who said you can not teach an old man anything new:))Endre

Apr 08, 2017 09:52 PM #19
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD absolutely love trilliums and I cultivated them for our Wild Plant Society plant sale at my other home.  They loved it there...don't like living by the salt water where I am miss the whites and deep red trilliums I had!  So glad to hear your area has them other home had many wet areas for them.

Apr 09, 2017 05:21 AM #20
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

The trillium festival that happens yearly at Tryon Creek Park was one of those events that spotlighted this lovely perennial and I learned how precious they are! Yeah, those muddy trails and Goldens, make for long cleanups afterwards, don't they? I'm looking forward to those "dog days of summer"! 

Apr 14, 2017 10:32 AM #21
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