Toad lily Tricyrtis formosana Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge'Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of White Flower Farm 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Toad lily (Tricyrtis formosana) try-SIR-tiss for-moe-SAH-nah Synonyms: T. stolonifera Genus: Tricyrtis The upward-facing, star-like blossoms of this species vary from white to light pink or lilac, with reddish purple spots throughout. They are reminiscent of orchids. Toad lily blooms in early autumn along arching stems to 2 or 3 feet tall. Plants grow to 2 feet wide. They make subtle, but exotic specimens for woodland borders and shady house plantings. They will colonize over time, but are not invasive. These perennials are from moist woodlands and high elevations from eastern Asia to the Phillipines. Care: Provide rich, 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 late-blooming species like this one in a sheltered location to protect blossoms from early frosts. Propagation: Sow seed when fresh in a cold frame. Divide when still dormant in early spring. Problems: Slugs, snails. Overview Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Habit Spreads Growth Pace Fast Grower Light Part Shade to Full Shade Moisture Medium to Wet Maintenance Low Characteristics Showy Flowers, Showy Foliage Bloom Time Early Fall Flower Color Pink Yarrow, Niagara, Red, White Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Naturalizing, Specimen Plant/Focal Point, Waterside Style Shade, Woodland Garden Seasonal Interest Fall Interest Type Perennials Related Plants to Tricyrtis formosana 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Toad lily Tricyrtis formosana ‘Amethystina’ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Toad lily Tricyrtis hirta 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Columbine meadow rue Thalictrum aquilegiifolium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Indian rhubarb Darmera peltata View the discussion thread.