Trillium erectum


Common Names: Wake-robin, birthroot, red trillium, purple trillium, Beth root, stinking Benjamin
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Trilliums


The flowers have the smell of rotting meat, and they are pollinated by flies. Grows to about 40 cm in height with a spread of 30 cm. Like all trilliums, its parts are in groups of three, with 3-petalled flowers above whorls of pointed triple leaves. The flowers are a deep red colour, though there is a white form.

Blooms in spring.

Primary Flower Color: Red/Orange
Secondary Flower Color: White
 
Edible Notes: Not edible. The leaves contain calcium oxalate crystals and crystal raphide, and should not be consumed.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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