Apr 27 2013

Wake-Robin

Published by at 7:30 am under Plants

Red trillium or Wake-robin (photo by Dianne Machesney)

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)

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  1. Deniseon 27 Apr 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Lots at Mayview/Boyce wetlands this week.

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