ignore the fragrances of toadshades, paying attention only to what eyes
may reveal. But odor is important to toadshades. Two toadshades may flower
side-by-side and never attract the same insect visitors. Two toadshades
may be much alike in color but tremendously different in odor.
Some toadshades never seem to produce much of any odor. Many are fragrant
just briefly. Others go on and on, pouring out astonishing volumes of
fragrance. One toadshade flower, when intent upon being fragrant, can
veritably outperform a garden of roses.
Rose-like fragrances are staple products of toadshades in the Santa Cruz
Mountains. Lemon is also common, and lemon mixed with rose. Some toadshades,
though, produce curious odors. Soap is what they smell like in some instances,
other times, perhaps, plastic or medicine. But despite the fact that the
toadshades of the Santa Cruz Mountains produce an abundance of different
odors and despite the fact that several kinds of East Coast trilliums
sometimes smell utterly ghoulish, the odors of toadshades in the Santa
Cruz Mountains are never really bad.