Friday, October 14, 2011

Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta)

Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge'

This herbaceous perennial is native to Japan. A wonderful plant
for part shade, loves the clay soil we have here, does not mind the hot summers nor the past two extreme cold winters.

But, I found just two varieties suitable for Central Florida, Toad Lily Sinonome and Gilt Edge .
Most of the Toad Lily varieties prefer the cooler temperatures of growing zone 8 and cooler.

The plant forms nice compact mounts about 3 ft tall, and during
fall it is covered in attractive and unusual flowers, looking like delicate little orchids.

Tricyrtis 'Sinonome'

Toad Lily

a mass of flowers

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