Eric Angeles, one of my Facebook Friends posted this great photo of a Prairie Trillium. So, since I am pretty far from Indiana and I don't think I will find a Prairie Trillium in Georgia, I asked Eric if I could post it here for your enjoyment. Actually according to the USDA maps it is nearby in North Carolina and Alabama and most of the east but, not in South Carolina, Georgia or Florida. It may be rather rare and/or threatened in many states. Interesting, one common name is Bloody Butcher. I may do some research to find out how that came about.
The Persistent Trilliums are blooming this morning at Tallulah Gorge State Park. We found several. You do have to look pretty hard to find them. They are on the endangered species list and only are found in a few counties of NE Georgia and NW South Carolina. These are for the most part within 4 miles of Tallulah Gorge (Tallulah Falls, Georgia). I have found that they usually are in bloom for about 3 weeks in the spring. The flower is small and often bends over a bit making them fairly hard to photograph.
The Painted Trillium is one of the favorites found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and other parts of the the Southern Appalachian Mountains. At the moment the Kephart Trail is closed due to the reconstruction of US 441 where a landslide fell last winter. It should be open again May 15, 2013. Before then the highway is open on the NC side up to Collins Creek Picnic Area. There are many trillium wildflowers that bloom in April and May near the picnic area. Maybe even a Painted Trillium.