When the summertime garden has begun to wind down for the year, Toad Lilies add a punch of bright color and unique interest to the area. Small, lilylike flowers in a mix of purple, yellow and blue have distinctive burgundy spots over the petals. Toad Lilies are true shade lovers that thrive in full to partly shady spaces. They grow up to 24" tall, which makes them a natural choice for shadowed borders or as a foundation planting along a north-facing wall or fence line. Strong stems and ladderlike foliage make an effective backdrop to the colorful, exotic looking blooms. Toad Lilies are fantastic naturalizers and will reappear with renewed vigor and bloom year after year. Tricyrtis hirta
Botanical NameTricyrtis latifolia 'Blue Wonder' and 'Dark Beauty'
Sun ExposureFull Shade, Partial Shade
State RestrictionsAE AK GU HI PR
Spread12 - 15 inches
Spacing12 - 15 inches
Flowering DateLate summer to fall
Planting InstructionsPlant 3" deep in evenly moist, organically rich, slightly acidic soil. Water regularly to keep moist.
Winter CareProvide a deep, loose winter mulch in more northern areas.
Flower Color:blue, purple, white
Flower FormOpen star shaped or bell shaped.
Foliage TypeLadder-like leaves that alternate up slender stems. Medium to dark green with a glossy appearance.
ResistanceSlugs and snails could be a problem for young shoots.
Soil RequirementPrefers a rich organic soil.
Additional InformationIn colder areas you may want to grow in a sheltered, warm, but not sunny area to encourage flowering before frosts.
Unique Charactersticsperennials.com: Toad-lilies are exotic-looking and rewarding plants for late-season display in the shady garden. Native to the Himalayas to eastern Asia, they grow naturally at the edge of forests, preferring shade and rich, moist soil, hardy enough to handle the sudden changes of winter. This selection forms a compact mound of dark green leaves with long arching stems topped with white starfish-like flowers heavily spotted with blue-purple, appearing late summer and lasting into the fall. Outstanding in a woodland garden and in mixed containers destined for the shade. Deserves a special spot where it can be observed up close. Attractive to butterflies. Easy to grow and long-lived. Late to appear in spring.