The things I don’t know make a long list.
Before my recent trip to southern Ontario, I did know that the trillium was Ontario’s official flower. Now I know more things. Or, maybe, fewer.
I know that the white trillium – Trillium rhomboideum grandiflorum – is just one of 50 accepted trillium species. (Is there controversy over the acceptance of trillium species? The mind boggles.)
I know that the white trillium is also the official wildflower of Ohio, so the respective Major League Soccer teams from Toronto and Columbus compete for the Trillium Cup.
I know that the very similar red flower in the woods is, not surprisingly, the red trillium. But, entirely surprisingly, it’s also known as American True-Love, Birthroot, Bumblebee Root, Ill-scented Wake-robin, Indian Shamrock, Purple Trillium, Stinking Benjamin, Stinking Willie, Threeleaf Nightshade, Wake-robin. (Ill-scented wake-robin? Are you kidding me?) (Apparently not.)
I know that in New York state, it’s illegal to pick the red trillium, no matter what you call it.
Sometimes, learning new things just raises more questions.