Purple Trillium
(Stinking Benjamin)

By William T. Hathaway

Purple Trillium (Trillium erectum)

In April – early June this ill-scented flower is quite common in the rich woodlands of Floyd County, Virginia; the photo was taken within the vicinity of Buffalo Mountain. Crimson to dark purple flowers with a lively-green background caught my immediate attention. In a rich ravine within the shadow of Buffalo Mountain was a floral color combination that I had never seen before in the wilds. Imagine the effect of nestled, crimson eyes peeping out from a wall of misty green. The later awareness of the garlic-like plant odor was somewhat surprising.