We are told that Native Indians of certain tribes would chew the roots as a medicine.
Ants are required to transfer and spread the seeds. There is a substance on the plant that attracts ants. They carry the seeds to their habitat to feed the younger ants. The uneaten seeds will grow not far from the parent plant. This process is called myrmecochory.
The trillium is the state wild flower of Ohio.
Purple trillium produces a foul odor from the blossom giving this flower the common name "stinking Benjamin." It smells of rancid meat and attracts carrion flies which pollinate the flower. the doctrine of signatures says that the plant would be useful in treating gangrene. "Don't try this at home," as it is said.
Beautiful blue Trillium Lake is 7.5 miles southwest of Mt. Hood in Oregon. It is nestled among green forests covering mountains.
If one picks the blossom of a trillium the plant will die. Again, as we have said before, enjoy beautiful wild flowers in their native state and leave them there for others to enjoy.