Stinking Benjamins

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Yes.

You did read that title correctly.

We have a bunch of these little plants

blooming in our yard.

Our neighbor Mike came over today to

help Mark move some of the dragons back

out into the yard. Mike spotted these flowers

and told us they are called Stinking Benjamins.

Apparently they smell really bad.

Like rotting meat bad.

I did a little google research –

cause we know it’s right if we see it online –

(hahahah!)

but truly they are called Stinking Benjamins.

They are a type of trillium that grows in

wooded areas around us.

The flower sits about 4″ above ground

and blooms for 2-3 weeks.

The foul smell attracts flies that act as

pollinators.

Identifiers of the flower –

three petals that curve backwards

and three leaves that are diamond-shaped.

And they are growing around the edge of the

dragon den.

Cool!

Speaking of dragons –

it was time to move the dragon bench

back into the hollow where my dragons live.

These two dragons are the end posts for

a dragon bench.

They are carved out of pine tree stumps –

with a chain saw made for that purpose.

They are pretty awesome!

Learning new stuff in Maine every day!

2 thoughts on “Stinking Benjamins

  1. Looks like Mike matched his T-shirt to the Stinking Benjamin foliage! Amazing colours of that flower – so striking but pity it smells so bad for such a pretty flower. That deep deep red is so velvety. Hope the dragons don't mind the smell………. mind you I should think between the fire-breathing & those plants you're well guarded.

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