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Sweet Betsy Trillium

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Sweet Betsy Trillium


Sweet Betsy trillium (Trillium cuneatum), commonly known as wood lily or toadshade, is native to the southeastern region of the United States. It can is regularly from Kentucky to North Carolina and down to Mississippi. This plant is grown from an underground rhizome and will produce an extension of this rhizome (often confused with a stem) that can grow from 12" to 18" above ground in the spring. Different varieties have different leaf shapes and coloring, but this one has three 3" to 7" leaves the form at the top of the rhizome and include shades of dark green, light green, and silver in a mottled pattern that somewhat resembles a toad's skin.

The Sweet Betsy Trillium grows best in zones 5-8.

 The single flower that forms can vary in color from yellowish-bronze to maroon to deep burgundy, and can bloom from late March to early May. They have a slightly sweet fragrance and will form seeds at the end of their life cycle, which will then be taken and distributed by ants. Sweet Betsy doesn't suffer from many serious pests or disease vulnerabilities. Things to watch for are snails, slugs, and the occasional leaf spot. Care should be taken when transplanting. This plant is a welcome addition to native plant gardens and woodland gardens, and can even be used in rock gardens if kept in a shady area.

The Sweet Betsy Trillium is a perennial that grows best in shady gardens.

They are very easy to grow and low maintenance. This flower reaches about 8-10 inches in height. It gets the name "Toad" from the camouflage looking spots on the leaves. This flower has purple blooms and blooms in early-Spring. All varieties of this plant will have three leaves or bracts and a solitary flower that can either be present with or without a stalk, depending on the variety. This is a variety that doesn't have a stem, so it is called a sessile form. Sweet Betsy Trillium ships bare root as bulbs.


The Sweet Betsy Trillium is shipped bare root.

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5.0 Based on 8 reviews
  • 5

    May 12, 2022 Reviewer: Glenda Schroeder

    I'm just hoping that these come up in the spring because they are definitely a beautiful native wildflower.

  • 5
    Sweet Betsy Trillium

    May 06, 2022 Reviewer: Ran

    Excellent job with the promptness, packaging, and plant condition. Thank you

  • 4
    Sweet Betsy Trillium

    May 04, 2022 Reviewer: Janet Paterson

    I received the order quickly. As stated they were dormant. The roots looked viable and the stem piece had died back. I am just hoping they will sprout next year. I have planted them among my Jack in the Pulpit and Virginia Bluebells.

  • 5
    Toad sessile trillium

    Apr 30, 2022 Reviewer: Mike Davis

    I was in the nursery business for 25 years. This isn't my first order from you and won't be the last. You ship the best quality plants I've ever seen. Incredible plants. Thank you.

  • 4
    Well timed and packed

    Apr 01, 2022 Reviewer: Meenakshi Mukerji

    The product came as scheduled/timed. But I thought one order would have a few bulbs. Didn't imagine it would be one bulb per order for the price.

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