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Purple Wake-Robin
(Purple Trillium, Stinking-Benjamin)

Trillium petiolatum



First Noted by Expedition
June 15, 1806, on the Lolo Trail, Idaho.
 

Description
The solitary, nodding flower with an unpleasant odor rises on a stalk above a whorl of three broadly ovate, diamond-shaped leaves. Leaves to 7 in (17.5 cm) long; dark green. Flowers about 2.5 in (6.3 cm) wide; petals maroon or reddish brown; sepals green. Fruit is oval reddish berry. Height: 8-16 in (20-40 cm).
 

Habitat
Rich woods.
 

Range
Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia; south to New England, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and, in the mountains, to Georgia; west to Tennessee; north to Michigan.
 

Note
Early herbalists used this ill-scented plant to treat gangrene, since they believed plants were used to cure the ailments they resembled.

Species information from enature.com
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