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Sweet Betsy Trillium

SKU: AM014839
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Sweet Betsy Trillium, aka Toadshade, is a perennial native wildflower that blooms during the spring. A small deep burgundy flower blooms from the center of the three main leaves. Leaf patterns vary, but include shades of forest green, light green, and silver that together resemble the coloring of a toad’s skin—hence the common name. A beautiful addition to woodland or shade gardens in zones 5-8. (Trillium cuneatum)
key features
Botanical Name
Trillium cuneatum
Native, Fragrant, Striking Foliage, Rock Gardens
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet
Mature Height
12-18" tall
Mature Spread
9-12" wide
Bloom Time
Early to mid spring


12-18" tall x 9-12" wide. Trillium cuneatum (Sweet Betsy Trillium, also known as Toadshade) is an easy-to-grow trillium that spreads via underground rhizomes. Plants do not take well to being moved once they’re established in the garden. They thrive in partial to full shade in rich, slightly moist, slightly acidic soils. When left alone they will form large colonies. Like many spring wildflowers, Toadshade Trillium will enter a dormant period during the mid to late summer during which the foliage will die back. If you must transplant or divide the colony, this is the time to do it. For best growth, mulch yearly with chopped leaves.