Apr 27 2013
Here’s a flower with a bird’s name.
Blooming now in western Pennsylvania, the red trillium (Trillium erectum) is sometimes called wake-robin, perhaps a reference to the robin’s red breast though their colors aren’t the same.
The flowers smell like rotting meat because they’re pollinated by flies. This gives the plant another name: Stinking Benjamin. Have you ever noticed that fly-pollinated flowers are often this color?
Look for wake-robin in woodlands this weekend. Dianne Machesney found these near Monroe Road on the Butler-Freeport Trail.
(photo by Dianne Machesney)