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Trillium cuneatum

Summary
Trillium cuneatum, the little sweet betsy, also known as whip-poor-will flower, large toadshade, purple toadshade, and bloody butcher, is a species of flowering plant in the family Melanthiaceae. It is a member of the Trillium cuneatum complex, a subgroup of the sessile-flowered trilliums. It is native to the southeastern United States but is especially common in a region that extends from southern Kentucky through central Tennessee to northern Alabama. In its native habitat, this perennial plant flowers from early March to late April (depending on latitude). It is the largest of the eastern sessile-flowered trilliums. Description Trillium cuneatum (in the strict sense) is a member of the Trillium cuneatum complex, a group of eight taxa including Trillium luteum and Trillium maculatum. All members of the complex are sessile-flowered trilliums. Trillium cuneatum is a perennial, herbaceous, flowering plant that persists by means of an underground rhizome. Li
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