Trillium guy hunts for 'holy grail' of North American wildflowers

By CBC News Ottawa, May 8, 2019

Among the early spring blooms there are crocuses, tulips, daffodils and trilliums — Ontario's provincial flower and logo.

But have you ever spotted a mutated double trillium, once dubbed by renowned botanist Mary Gibson Henry as the "holy grail" of North American wildflowers?

Brian Carson of Stittsville has, and even grows some of the rare plants in his own garden. Since the mutations are one-offs, he's hoping to preserve them.

The 76-year-old avid trillium hunter and photographer is known as the "trillium guy." His obsession began about 20 years ago when he read Henry's holy grail description of the double trillium.

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