Today in the Garden

PURPLE TOAD LILLY

Tricyrtis hirta, the toad lily is a Japanese species of hardy perennial in the lily family.   Tricyrtis hirta is found growing on shaded rocky cliffs and stream banks in central and southern Japan.

Its unique showy flowers bloom in late August through September, and produces multiple clusters of flowers.  Flowers are small, lily-like flowers about 1 inch long with six showy tepals.  It’s easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in part to full shade.  The plant is 15-24 inches high and wide.  Bees loved it!

USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8.

Submitted by: Carlotta Lucas

 

 

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Today in the garden: Toad Lilly

Horticulture Report

October 17, 2017

Plant Name: Tricyrtis
Common Name: Toad Lily
Plant type: Hardy Perennial
Height:  2-3 feet
Spread:   1.5 -2 feet
Bloom Time:  August – September
Flower Color:  White to Pale Lilac – Heavy Purple Spotting
Exposure: Part to Full Shade
Soil Requirements:  Rich humus, Slightly acidic soils
Water Needs: Medium to wet
Attributes:   Small lily like unique flowers. Late bloomer. Ability to bloom the Shade. Showy flowers
Note:  Do not let soil dry out. Plant so flowers can be viewed easily. Bait for slugs. Deer & rabbits eat them!
Uses: Woodland garden, Naturalized areas, Containers, Borders, Water Garden
Native to: Himalayas to eastern Asia
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8