Little Sweet Betsy (Trillium cuneatum)


  • USDA Zones 5 to 8 (Find Your Zone)
  • Part Shade to Shade
  • 12 to 18″ tall
  • Average Moisture
  • Maroon Flowers April to May
  • Showy Foliage
  • Summer Dormant
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Little Sweet Betsy, or Trillium cuneatum, is the largest of the trilliums native to the Southeastern United States. Little Sweet Betsy emerges from an underground rhizome in early spring as solitary stem topped with three, mottled green leaves. A single, three-petaled flower emerges from the center of the leaves from between late March and early May. Flower color is typically maroon but is variable. The plant spreads slowly by rhizome. Little Sweet Betsy goes dormant in summer until the following spring. Grow in shady, wooded areas along with ferns and and other woodland perennials.

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