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Dwarf Trout Lilly Print
Dwarf Trout Lilly Print
This forest wildflower can only be found on 600 acres of woodland habitat. Click to enlarge and view full print
This is an 8" x 10" archival pigment print on paper made from bamboo- a sustainable and renewable resource.
About the Species
Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lilly (Erythronium propullans)
Population in the wild: 14
Print Edition limited to: 14
Threatened by: Habitat loss due to housing developments, Agriculture, Logging, Trampling, Flooding, Invasive Species
Habitat: 600 acres of woodland slopes within the Cannon River watershed in Minnesota
About the Artist
Matthew Hilshorst, Chicago IL
When asked to do the Endangered Species Print Project, it felt natural to choose flowers. Flowers have been a subject matter in my work as an artist for years. They have shown up in my paintings, drawings, as well as my sculptural work. The flowers I chose to paint for ESPP come from the two states I would consider my home states, the first being Minnesota. I was born in Ely, Minnesota and grew up in very small towns in the northeastern part of the state known as the "Iron Range". I spent a lot of time in or near the wilderness, whether it was on purpose or because our house was literally in the woods. My family and I would go wild berry picking, camping, cross-country skiing, and on canoe trip vacations. After living in Chicago, and the Twin Cities over the last 13 years, the silence up north seems immeasurable. My parents still live on a beautiful little lake up north where pretty much all you will hear at rush hour are loons.
During all our time outside, I always wanted to see a Showy Lady's Slipper (the Minnesota state flower), but it is very rare and hard to find. It was a secret goal of mine; I remember having pictures of it on my bulletin board growing up. The day I finally saw some, I was shocked to see how tiny and delicate they were. While the Showy Lady's Slipper is rare, it is considered secure as a species. On the other hand, The Minnesota Dwarf Trout Lily is a critically endangered flower even more rare and declining. I have only been able to find a group of Lady Slippers once. I hate to think that one day I may never be able to find the lily, not due to its rarity and short life span, but because it no longer exists.
Your purchase of this print will support the work of The Center for Plant Conservation. The mission of the Center for Plant Conservation is to conserve and restore the imperiled native plants of the United States to secure them from extinction.
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*please note all population counts reflect the population counted at the time the art was created