Trillium cuneatum

Trillium cuneatum

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Liliopsida
Subclassis: Liliidae
Ordo: Liliales
Familia: Melanthiaceae
Genus: Trillium
Species: Trillium cuneatum


Trillium cuneatum Raf., 1840


* Constantine Samuel Rafinesque-Schmaltz, 1840: Autikon Botanikon: 133

Vernacular names
English: Little sweet Betsy


Trillium cuneatum or Sweet Betsy is a flowering perennial plant which is native to parts of the southeastern United States that flowers in early March to mid April. It is also known as whip-poor-will flower, large toadshade, purple toadshade, and bloody butcher. The plant has three broad, mottled leaves surrounding a sessile, banana-scented flower.[2] The petals are erect and maroon, bronze, green, or yellow in color.[2] This wildflower prefers to grow in rich soils mostly upland woods, especially limestone soils, also in less calcareous sites. It is found at elevations of 50–400 meters (165–2300 feet).


1. ^ "Trillium cuneatum". NatureServe Explorer. NatureServe. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
2. ^ a b Carman, Jack B. (2001). Wildflowers of Tennessee. Highland Rim Press. p. 372.

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