Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Birthroot

More photos from the Wildflower Meadow:







Birthroot, also more commonly known as Purple Trillium, Wake Robin or Stinking Benjamin


“Walking in woods in early spring, nature lovers will be tempted to pick the pretty, low-growing Trillium. Indeed, its allure is echoed in another of its names, Wake Robin, a reminder that the plant is one of nature's early spring offerings. Flower collectors should be warned, however: the plant is rare and threatened in some states. There is another reason for leaving it alone, easily discernible in the nickname Stinking Benjamin. Some herbalists found that the plant's odor so much resembled the stench of decaying flesh that they made an ointment from the rhizomes and roots for the treatment of
gangrene-on the basis of the once-respected doctrine of signatures, according to which a plant's characteristics indicated its corresponding effectiveness on the human body.

The name birthroot (trillium) describes the plant's chief medicinal use-to stop hemorrhaging. Specifically, a tea made from the rhizomes and roots was given to new mothers to stop bleeding after childbirth. By association, the tea was also given for uterine disorders. The Indians applied poultices and lotions from the bruised leaves to
insect bites and skin irritations.” To learn more about Birthroot click HERE.

Obviously with my interest in the cycles of life and my obsession of all things *feminine* I would find the history of this particular wildflower fascinating (of course) but even more so, I am captivated by its elegant beauty. I think these flowers are completely stunning! Whenever I come across a Purple Trillium, they always surprise me (mostly because I didn’t plant them). I feel honored that they have graced us with their regal presence. The appearance of these great beauties always sends my imagination back to childhood dreams and fairy tales. This striking wildflower calls to mind rich burgundy satin ball gowns with fine golden embroidery, like a lost little princesses in a magical forest. Seeing one of these in the gloom of the woods seems mysterious and somehow contradictory, well, until you consider the smell. But no one is perfect, right? :)

Birthroot: Interesting, Beautiful, Meaningful.
How can you not be inspired?

1 comment:

Miachelle said...

What a GORGEOUS flower, and an ironic personality for it! Stinking Benjamin? (I just want to know who Benjamin was, and what he had to do with it!)