Archive | May 11, 2014

Wildflower Walk


Trillium bloom



The two major early wildflowers found in our woods are in full bloom.  Trillium and trout lilies spread throughout the shady undergrowth, providing a perennial show.  Trillium are named for their three maroon petals.  Trout lilies have mottled leaves that resemble the side of a fish.  The lilies are also called dog toothed violets, why, I’m not sure.

The lilies grow in huge communities, carpeting the forest.  Clumps of trillium occur with three or more stems in a bunch, one flower per stem.  Some trillium bunches become large, expanding around the parent. Others grow in solitary clumps.

Trillium are known as Stinking Benjamin due to the scent of the flowers.  They smell like carrion and must pollinate via the flies that breed on the dead.  As children we would dare each other to smell the flowers.  Now-a-days I know better, they are foul in odor.  But, very pretty to look at and one of the constants of spring.

Trout lilies

Trout lilies