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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

An unusual trillium (with enhanced color!) (and the smell of carrion!)

I didn't think the photo I took of Trillium stamineum did the plant justice so I juiced it up a tad with iPhoto. But just a tad. The short deep-maroon twisted petals account for a number of odd so-called common names -- twisted trillium, propeller toadshade, blue ridge wakerobin. And as an additional bonus, the flower smells like carrion! Native to three southern states -- Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. Don't know why but much of that Alabama flora is perfectly hardy in Michigan. Or so Fred Case used to tell us. 

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