Oct. 4, 2017

red trillium, Trillium erectum

Obviously I hang out in the wrong places. I've spent an awful lot of time in the woods over the years. And yet I haven't seen the common red trillium in the wild since I was in grade school. It doesn't seem like I should have to make a special trip somewhere for this. Particularly for a flower that often smells like a wet dog. Another common name for it is stinking Benjamin. There's a more southern species called sweet Beth that smells better. That one I have seen! Red trilliums grow in AL, CT, DE, GA, IL(E), IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY(V), OH, PA, RI(T), SC, TN, VA, VT, WV, NB, NS, ON, and QC. Beal GArdens, MSU, 4/19/12