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Toadshade, Little Sweet Betsy, Whippoorwill Flower
Shade, medium moisture level, humus-rich soil, slightly acid to neutral pH. 12-15 inches height, blooms in early spring, dark red or maroon flowers, spreads very gradually if left undisturbed.
Germination Code: F
Native Region: Middle and East Tennessee
Flowers are showy and lightly fragrant. Foliage will usually die to the ground by mid-summer, especially if the soil is allowed to dry out. New rhizomes require 7 years before they contain enough food to support a blooming stalk.