Thursday, 1 May 2008

Trillium

Now that the snow has gone, one of the first spring wildflowers to bloom in the woodlands is the Trillium. White flowers are the most common. A white trillium is the Provincial Flower of Ontario.

The delicate purple trillium is often called Wake-robin, or Stinking Benjamin. It looks pretty but the flowers have the smell of rotting meat, as they are pollenated by flies. Clever!

11 comments:

Changes in the wind said...

How pretty....they don't appear in our desert:)

Hilary said...

Lovely shot, ex-S!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

One of my favourites!

dabrah said...

How pretty, but I guess it's best not to get too close!

madretz said...

I've never seen these before, I would probably remember considering thier fragrance! But they are really pretty nonetheless.

Sheila said...

I know a place where these grow, we usually see lots of the white ones, these not as often.
Pretty shade aren't they?
xx

rosemary said...

Well, I have my first dandelion so there.

photowannabe said...

Phew..that doesn't sound inviting....really pretty flower though.

Sandy said...

The first time I saw Trillium in your blog I had to look them up but none of the pictures were as beautiful as yours. How could somethings so beautiful stink? Nature does have a sense of humor!

evlahos said...

very beautiful capture. thanks for your visit and kind comment

Kerri said...

Oh this is a Beautiful flower! The only ones I have seen here in Virginia are the white ones, which you've seen me post.
I haven't noticed any particular "stinkiness" with them, though.

Happy Friday!