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Toad lily

Tricyrtis formosana ‘Amethystina’

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Amethystina’s upward-facing, star-like blossoms are bluish-lavender with purple spots and creamy bases. It blooms in early autumn along arching stems up to 3 feet tall and grows half as wide. Toad lilies make subtle but exotic specimens for woodland borders and other shady gardens.

CareProvide moist, but well-drained soil in partial to full shade. Soil must not be allowed to dry out. Mulch plants in cold climates with little snow cover, and site this late-blooming species in a sheltered location to protect blossoms from early frosts.

PropagationSow seed when fresh in a cold frame. Divide when still dormant in early spring.

ProblemsSlugs, snails.

  • Genus : Tricyrtis
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
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