Medeola was probably never a common plant to begin with before European encroachment but it definitely took a decline after. Finding this flower was a first for me so it's exciting to say the least. Medeola virginiana was a favored foodstuff and medicinal for native people across the eastern US. In fact, it's root flavor is described as "outstanding" by many plant guides. However, I only bring it up as interesting lore and strongly discourage anyone from eating any rare plant.
Conservation and American history make a better pairing than you'd think and this plant would have made an incredible teaching tool during the school year with any grade level. But alas our schedules were way outta wack in 2018. Anyway still, I never omit the fact that a part of Native American cultural history disappears the moment culturally important plants die. Kids seem to take note of that.