A close-up of the red trillium flower in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ont.
© Jaynes Gallery/Danita Delimon
Three petals and three leaves. The red trillium flower
With its distinct appearance of three petals and three leaves, the red trillium is easy to spot. Scientifically known as trillium erectum, this flower also goes by the names Stinking Benjamin, Wakerobin, and Beth Root. While the trilliums are attractive to look at, they are known to have a foul odor. Despite their odor, these flowers are sought after for their medicinal properties. Trillums come into full bloom in spring and can be found in abundance in woodland gardens or in places with moist and acidic soils. The white trillium is Ontario’s official flower and is prominently featured as part of the Government of Ontario’s branding.