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Red Trillium - Trillium erectum

Red Trillium

Often called wake-robin or stinking Benjamin, red trillium (Trillium erectum) is one of Ohio’s most striking woodland wildflowers. This native perennial, growing primarily in eastern Ohio, can reach up to 2 feet in height. Typically the flower is a deep maroon-red, but can be white or pale yellow. Red trillium blooms from April to May. It grows in rich woods, often on steep slopes of ravines. As one might guess, its common name refers to the fetid odor given off by its dark red flowers. A striking sight, this species can be found at Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve in Portage County and Howard Collier State Nature Preserve in Seneca County. The white variety can be seen at Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve in Hocking County.


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