One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North Americananother term for trillium
- ‘The large flowered wake-robin is probably the showiest one.’
- ‘White trilliums are also known as large-flowered trilliums, snow trilliums, showy trilliums, grand trilliums, and white wake-robins.’
- ‘The trillium or western wake-robin as it is sometimes known is an attractive perennial wildflower suitable for shady woodland gardens.’
- ‘Newcomb had used the same term to describe the habitat of the Canada violets that I had found massed in a moist shady spot, as well as for the beautiful crimson wake-robins, or red trilliums, that bloomed here and there on the forest floor.’
- ‘Three sepals, three petals, twice three stamens, three styles, a three-celled ovary, the flower growing out from a whorl of three leaves, make the naming of wake-robins a simple matter to the novice.’
2Britishanother term for cuckoopint
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