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Tricyrtis lasiocarpa

Previously known as:

  • Tricyrtis formosana var. ovatifolia
  • Tricyrtis ovatifolia
Description

Originating in Taiwan, the common name Toad Lily comes from local Indian tribe members routine of wiping their hands with the juices from the flowers before heading out to collect frogs. 

Blooming from late summer into early fall, Amethyst Toad Lily performs best in part shade.  However, in its native Taiwan, it has been observed growing in locations experiencing full sun.  The flowers take the form of a thyrse, which is a compact panicle with an obscured flower attachment point.

Its flower style resemble those of the orchid.  Spreading by creeping rhizomes, they face upwards and appear in terminal sprays.  

Its late bloom period comes at a time when most garden perennials have finished for the year.  

If propagating by means of root cutting, ensure that you have at least one node in the cutting.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Lack of proper moisture and shade can result in the foliage turning brown, giving the plant a ratty appearance.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#perennials#showy leaves#variegated leaves#herbaceous#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#long bloom time#varigated#naturalizes#cutting garden#dried arrangements#dry soils intolerant#broadleaf#cutting
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#perennials#showy leaves#variegated leaves#herbaceous#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#long bloom time#varigated#naturalizes#cutting garden#dried arrangements#dry soils intolerant#broadleaf#cutting
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Tricyrtis
    Species:
    lasiocarpa
    Family:
    Liliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Taiwan
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Easy to Grow
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Ascending
    Clumping
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    1" white flowers with purple/blue tips face upwards. They resemble the blooms of an Orchid.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are a showy green and purple speckled. They are the largest leaves in the species, growing to up to 12" long and 4" wide. They are borne directly from the stem.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Pond
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer