August 16, 2017

Rite of Spring

Trillium erectum - red wakerobin | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

Trillium erectum – red wakerobin | Photo courtesy of Glen Mittelhauser/Maine Natural History Observatory

Trillium erectum is a spring ephemeral, fleeting in its emergence in spring and in sync with the deciduous forests that it naturally calls home, its life cycle brief as it swiftly dies back. The hardy New England native is known as red wakerobin, with flowers that put off a stench that attracts carrion flies, the bloom’s pollinators. As the name suggests, the plant’s parts come in threes or multiples of threes: three leaves and three petals. This is the plant that Garden Maine is sponsoring in the quest to catalog the flora of Baxter State Park. You can read more about this effort here on the Maine Natural History Observatory site and spearheaded by Glen Mittelhauser, our co-conspirator on Wild Wednesday.

Wild Wednesday is a collaboration of Garden Maine and Glen Mittelhauser of the nonprofit Maine Natural History Observatory, www.mainenaturalhistory.org.

In 2012, Glen began working to catalog the plants of Baxter State Park, which you can read about here and find out how to sponsor a plant of your own. Courtesy of a poll taken in 2012, Garden Maine is sponsoring this lovely plant.