The afternoon sun brings a gentle warmth to my mountain as I stroll through the growing grass. Several robins take flight whistling their alarms as I pass the tree in my yard that holds the feeders. The violets are almost as think as the grass and it’s becoming obvious that I need to tune up my mower soon. I come to the spot that has become my forest sanctuary to see what the mountain has to present me with today. The mountain does not disappoint me. The beautiful Red Trilliums have sprung up overnight.
Also known as Wake Robin, Bethroot, Toad Shade and Stinking Benjamin, the Red Trillium is one of our most showy Appalachian Wildflowers. It’s arrival always coincides with the Robins preparing for the breeding season. It’s certainly possible that we’ll have a killing frost after these open and I’ve even seen snow on Easter Sunday but it’s not likely. It’s a significant marker on my natural calendar when these beautiful flowers carpet the shady places on the mountains.
The shape of the flowers always reminds me of a Star Of David. One triangle points up and another one points down. The symbolism was always explained to me as payers going up and blessings coming down. In fact the whole plant seems to be based on triangles. There’s even 3 leaves to a plant.
Image Titled “Red Trillium 4220b” shows that plant has 3 leaves.
Looking up the mountains and across my landscape certainly makes me feel like I’m blessed. The light that I’ve prayed for since October has arrived and is growing stronger every day. Light is the element of cleansing, renewal and rebirth. And the Red Trillium is one more sign of that taking place.
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