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Toad Lily

Botanical Name
Tricyrtis spp.
Min Zone
4
Max Zone
9
Height
2 to 3 feet
Width
18 to 24 inches
Flowers
Late summer to early fall: lily-like, 6 sepals, white to pale lilac or pink dotted with dark purple or reddish-purple spots
Light
Part to full shade
Soil
Moist to wet, rich in organic matter, slightly acidic
Planting & Care
  • Soil must not be allowed to dry out
  • Flowers are very showy, yet small.  Site toad lily where flowers can be observed and enjoyed up close.
  • Tricyrtis formosana varieties will slowly naturalize in a non-invasive manner in the garden by creeping rhizomes to form a dense colony
Problems
None serious
Varieties
  • Tricyrtis hirta var. alba - white flowers with pink stamens
  • T. hirta 'Miyazaki' - 2 feet arching stems, flowers speckled in purple
  • T. hirta 'Variegata' - leaf margins of creamy yellow
  • T. hirta 'White Towers' - ivory white flowers
  • T. formosana - oval shapped leaves, pale pink flowers spotted reddish-purple with yellow throats
  • T. formosana var. amethystina - purplish blue flowers with white throats spotted with red
  • T. formosana 'Dark Beauty' - taller than species at 3 to 4 feet, purple spotted flowers
  • T. formosana 'Gilt Edge' - compact form of 12 to 18 inches tall, variegated foliage sporting creamy white to chartreuse margins
  • T. formonsana 'Samurai' - compact 12 to 18 inches tall, golden-edged foliage, purple spotted flowers with yellow throats

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