Toad lily

Tricyrtis hirta

Photo/Illustration: 
Janet Jemmott
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Toad lily (Tricyrtis hirta)
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Synonyms:  T. japonica
Genus:  Tricyrtis
The star-like blossoms of this species are white with rich purple spots and purple stigmas. It blooms in late summer to mid-autumn along arching stems up to 2.5 feet tall. 
Noteworthy Characteristics:  These perennials are from moist woodlands and high elevations from eastern Asia to the Phillipines. They make subtle, but exotic, specimens for woodland borders.
Care:  Grow in moist, but well-drained soil in partial to full shade. Mulch plants in cold climates with little snow cover, and site 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
Moderate Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Waterside
Style
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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