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Tricyrtis hirta / Japanese toad lily

    Tricyrtis hirta / Japanese toad lily


    Tricyrtis hirta, also known as Toad Lily, is a unique and fascinating perennial plant that produces beautiful, orchid-like flowers in shades of white, pink, and purple. This plant is native to Asia, where it grows in the understory of forests and along stream banks. The leaves are lance-shaped and have a glossy appearance, adding to the overall attractiveness of this plant.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 60-90 cm (24-36 in)
    • Spread: 45-60 cm (18-24 in)
    • Flower color: White, pink, purple with dark spots
    • Flowering period: Late summer to early fall
    • Foliage: Lance-shaped, glossy leaves
    • Sunlight requirements: Partial to full shade
    • Soil requirements: Moist, well-draining soil, rich in organic matter
    • Hardiness Zone: 3

    Tricyrtis hirta is an excellent choice for adding color and interest to shady areas of the garden. It is ideal for woodland gardens, shaded borders, and as a groundcover under trees. Additionally, it is an excellent cut flower and can be used in floral arrangements.

    Toad lilies are generally low maintenance, making them an ideal choice for gardeners who want a beautiful and reliable plant without a lot of effort. They are also relatively pest and disease-resistant and can grow well in challenging growing conditions.

    Companion Plants:

    • Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail': The bright red flowers of Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Firetail' provide a striking contrast with the purple-spotted flowers of Tricyrtis hirta.
    • Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway': The pink flowers of Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway' provide a soft, complementary contrast to the purple-spotted flowers of Tricyrtis hirta.
    • Astilbe 'Bridal Veil': The delicate white flowers of Astilbe 'Bridal Veil' provide a nice contrast to the purple-spotted flowers of Tricyrtis hirta.

    Care Instructions:
    Tricyrtis hirta prefers to be grown in partial to full shade, with moist, well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Water regularly, especially during dry periods. Mulching around the base of the plant will help to retain moisture and suppress weed growth. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage the production of more blooms.

    Final Thoughts:
    Tricyrtis hirta is a lovely addition to any shaded garden. Its unusual and eye-catching flowers add a touch of elegance, and its low maintenance nature makes it an ideal choice for gardeners of any skill level. Its Asian heritage and unique appearance make it a conversation starter and a beautiful feature in any garden.