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Wakerobin (Trillium erectum)

Image ID: 2011/ar89T

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Other common names: Erect Trillium, Ill-Sented Wake-robin, Purple Trillium, Red Trillium, Stinking Benjamin, Stinking Willie, Wake-robin
Family: Liliaceae (Lily)
Height: 0.5 to 1.5 ft.
Blooms: April to June
Leaf Type: smooth
Bloom Size:  2.5 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Individual flowers, Regular blooms, 3 parts
Location: Allegheny River Trail
Date:  5/9/2011
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Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
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We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.

The Herbalist