NARGS Plant of the Month

Trillium cuneatum

Description and General Information:

Trillium cuneatum is often referred to as the purple toadshade or sweet Betsy.  It is native to southeastern USA, especially Kentucky, Tennessee and northern Alabama, where is often inhabits deciduous woodlands often overlying limestone.  It occurs at elevations of 40-400 m.  It is part of a huge complex of sessile-flowered Trillium, being the largest of that group. Plants produce a whorl of three mottled leaves. Plants reach 30-45 cm in height. The 5-8 cm long maroon flowers...