(14) Thirty Days of Grateful Praise: Trillium

This is the Catesby’s Trillium that we saw on our hike at Whiteside Mountain.

The first time I ever saw trillium was on our mountain honeymoon just over twenty-five years ago.  It was late in the day when we got to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and one of the first things we laid eyes on was a whole forest filled with trilliums.  The slanted afternoon light illuminated the trilliums, and they shone a radiant white in the gloaming.  They were enchanting, and I was smitten.

I don’t know why I love them so much.  Maybe because of the magical honeymoon association.  Maybe because they’re one of the first flowers to bloom in spring.  Maybe because there are so many kinds—40 to 50 species, I think.

Or maybe because some of them look like little botanical pinwheels. :-)

I love, too,  trillium’s alternate names–wakerobin, birthroot.  And Stinking Benjamin.  Actually it’s only the red trillium that called Stinking Benjamin.  We saw a lot of it on our spring hikes, and it was fun to tease Benjamin by hollering, “Stinking Benjamin!” every time we saw one.

It doesn’t matter, really, why I love trillium.  It only matters that I realize how blessed I am to live here in the Appalachians, where it blooms so profusely in hidden forest glades.  It only matters that I am grateful for the enchanting, charming, and altogether lovely little wakerobin.

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6 Responses to “(14) Thirty Days of Grateful Praise: Trillium”

  1. betsyfromtennessee Says:

    Yes, you –and I–are both blessed to live where we do… When I think of Trillium around here, I think of our wonderful walks in the Smokies…. Life is GOOD…..

    Great choice, Beth.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

  2. Bonnie Jacobs Says:

    Beautiful flowers.

  3. Plowing Through Life (Martha) Says:

    That is a lovely flower. I can only imagine how beautiful a sight a whole forest filled with trilliums is.

  4. CountryDew Says:

    I love them too, and have a secret glen where I can find them. Only I don’t own that land and it is slated to be developed. I will be sad when the day comes and the trillium is gone.

  5. Sharon Says:

    When we were on a trail in New England, we saw a group gathered around a flower and up close, realized it was a simple white trillium. They were all excited about seeing it – just one, mind you. It was all I could do to not be smug about the fact that we have FIELDS of them in our mountains in the spring!! Yes, how blessed we are!

  6. Benjamin Says:

    “Stinking Benjamin” makes me wonder if at one time this flower was widespread and almost a nuisance. Perhaps it was initially called “Benjamin” as a nickname, and then, when it started interfering with crops, you hear your neighbor say “Stinking Benjamin”!

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