Trillium erectum

Trillium, Stinking Benjamin

$ 19.95

Item #: 1670
Pot Size: 5 inch pot

Plant Description

Widespread throughout eastern North America, stinking Benjamin has a single, nodding, 2.5”, deep red-maroon flower (occasionally white) perched on a stalk above a whorl of 3 diamond-shaped leaves. Attractive petals curve back very slightly, exposing prominent yellow stamens. The late spring flowers have a faint, unpleasant smell like a wet dog or rotting meat and are pollinated by flies, hence the name, stinking Benjamin. Plant this beautiful trillium in good, moist, well-drained soil under deciduous trees so it can take advantage of the mid-spring sun before trees leaf out. After flowering, attractive bright red berries may develop. These hold on into summer when eventually, the entire plant disappears and goes dormant until the next spring. Although Trillium erectum is slow to reach flowering size, it is quite adaptable in the garden. It will tolerate both very acidic as well as alkaline soils. It would be gorgeous flowering among a sea of white foamflower and blue phlox. All our trilliums are nursery propagated from seed and are at least 8 years old. Dormant shipping only.




Native Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture

Not too hard to grow

Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial

Light Exposure

Full shade, Mostly shady


Soil Condition

Average, Organic

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Moist


5 inch pot


12 to 24



Flower Color

Red, scarlet

Bloom Time

Mid spring



Hardiness Zones

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8




**Available only when dormant**