Toad Lily in my Shade Garden
Common Toad Lilies (Tricyrtis hirta)
Type: Perennial (Zones 4-9).
Light Requirements: Part Sun to Shade
Moisture/Soil: Average to wet moisture.
Blooms: Early to mid fall. 36″ Tall. Orchid like flowers are white with dark purple spots.
Leaves: Medium size pointy leaves on multiple arching stems.
Size: Height: 36″ Tall.
Additional Info: I bought my first toad lilies last year. I bought some big plants at an end of season sale and divided them and put them in the ground. They bloomed for a long time, during a period in fall when most plants are past their peak. This spring they all sprouted right back up and I have been anxiously waiting for them to bloom.
Pros: They are low maintenance and bloom when not much else is in bloom.
Cons: The bunnies have eaten the buds closer to the front of the border.
Origin: Not native to the US. Asia.
Varieties: There are a few varieties with several different flower colors including purple, white and yellow.
Plant Combinations: These look good paired with variegated hostas.
*The Plant of the Week is based on plants that do well in my 7a/6b garden in SE Pennsylvania.