Oh how I love my toad lilies!

lavendargrrl(7b Apex, NC)October 16, 2006

I came home to find lots of them in bloom. Probably my 2nd favorite plant behind hostas, and also a very nice companion.

Tricyrtis hirta 'Lightning Strike':

Tricyrtis ishiiana (this one was pretty much done blooming, but I missed it in its glory):

Tricyrtis formosana 'Emperor':


Tricyrtis hirta 'Miyazaki' (I may have this ID wrong):

Tricyrtis 'Imperial Banner' PPAF, PVR:

I have some that aren't blooming currently also.

Tricyrtis hirta 'Raspberry Mousse'

Tricyrtis hirta 'Moonlight'

Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge'

Tricyrtis affinis ÂLunar LandingÂ

Tricyrtis affinis 'Key Lime Pie'

Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai' - I just got this one for free from the JC Raulston Arboretum plant giveaway last weekend!! It is quite lovely. It was blooming when I got it, but I did not have time to snap a pic before I had to leave town again.

Anyone else into toad lilies?

~Angie

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goldedger(z5 Ontario Canada)

I love them too Angie.......I didn't realize there were so many varieties. I had to check out my garden index to find the tag for mine - I have two clumps of Tricyrtis 'Shirohotogisu' - arching rows of ornate white flowers! I look forward to them blooming each season (I get so little flowers in my shady garden) Mine start flowering in Sept., they're just about done now. Sorry no pics. :(

Your pics are lovely though, love the variegated leaf on 'Imperial Banner'.

June

    Bookmark   October 17, 2006 at 1:28AM
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lavendargrrl(7b Apex, NC)

Hi June,

I had to look up your Tricyrtis 'Shirohotogisu', and it's a beauty as well! There are lots of toad lilies, but I don't see a lot of them in nurseries. I've gotten most of mine at Plant Delights, and a couple from other sources.

I found a few more pictures....

Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge':

Tricyrtis 'White Towers':

Tricyrtis affinis 'Lunar Landing':

Tricyrtis hirta 'Raspberry Mousse':

Tricyrtis hirta 'Moonlight':

Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai':
http://www.angielavendar.com/images/10_15/tricyrtis_samarui.jpg">;

~Angie

    Bookmark   October 17, 2006 at 11:07AM
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lavendargrrl(7b Apex, NC)

Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai':

    Bookmark   October 17, 2006 at 11:08AM
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caliloo(z6/7)

Beauties all!

I *need* to add some to my gardens and you have all give me inspiration!

Thanks for posting the great photos

Alexa

    Bookmark   October 17, 2006 at 11:37AM
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hostabff

Angie, your Toad Lilies are adorable. This is a plant I have never considered and did not know what I was missing. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2006 at 1:11PM
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i_dig_it(z5a - Illinois)

Last year I planted some for the first time. I got them as bare root corms from Brecks.
They are called Amethystina Toad Lily

I'm really happy with how they've grown and the flowers on them are so cute! I would definitely recommend them.

Janet

    Bookmark   October 17, 2006 at 4:28PM
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ademink(z5a-5b Indianapolis)

I love my toad lilies also. They are blooming like mad right now, even after 3 30 degree nights!!!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2006 at 12:23AM
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mctavish6

Those toad lilies are adorable. How hardy are they? I see your are all in a warmer climate than I am. Are they a bulb or a plant?

    Bookmark   October 19, 2006 at 3:01PM
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lavendargrrl(7b Apex, NC)

Most of them say they are hardy in zones 4-7 or 4-8. There are a few that are only hardy in 5-8 or 6-9.

Search on the Plant Delights Web site for "tricyrtis". They have a bunch of them.

It is a plant - not a bulb.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2006 at 6:22PM
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i_dig_it(z5a - Illinois)

Here are some like mine from Breck's that are listed as hardy in zones 3-9.
Mine came as bare root corms and they grew really fast and bloomed the first year.
They are adorable little flowers!

Janet

Here is a link that might be useful: Toad Lily

    Bookmark   October 19, 2006 at 11:31PM
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hostarox(z5)

I like them, too! I used to have a few of them, but only one is out there now. I fear one got "pulled" by some "helpers" My only wish was bigger flowers with these guys. They are so tiny and petite, they get overlooked.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2006 at 12:51AM
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lavendargrrl(7b Apex, NC)

hostarox -

Most Tricyrtis flowers are small, but some of them have larger-than-usual flowers. Plus, when the plants mature, they get covered up in flowers. Especially the ones that get blooms in the leaf axils. I think it's important to plant toad lilies somewhere that they'll get noticed because you won't notice them from a long distance.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2006 at 7:47AM
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ademink(z5a-5b Indianapolis)

Mine are kind of stuck back out of the way also. I tend to forget them until I go back to that part of the garden and then it's like "WOW"! I love all of the velvety dots...so pretty!

    Bookmark   October 20, 2006 at 9:40AM
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daisy_me(Z6b IL)

There is a thread on the Perennials forum right now about 'Raspberry Mousse' possibly being virused. Thought you may want to check it out...

    Bookmark   October 20, 2006 at 12:05PM
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papou(Z5b Ontario)

Angie, Remember the Toad lilies you gave me last April? They grew well in full sun...hope I can dig up a pic ....Now you really have created some new interest with all those beautiful different varieties....
I will have to find out eventually what type I have....

Papou

    Bookmark   October 20, 2006 at 9:28PM
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lavendargrrl(7b Apex, NC)

The one I have labeled in my pics above as Tricyrtis formosana 'Emperor' is wrong. That is actually Tricyrtis 'Sinonome'.

Papou, I believe the one I gave you is either Tricyrtis 'Sinonome':

or
Tricyrtis hirta 'Miyazaki':

If I gave you more than one, I might have also given you Tricyrtis hirta 'Lightning Strike'.

~Angie

    Bookmark   October 20, 2006 at 10:43PM
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bluepoppy

These plants are beautiful! I have one that looks a lot like your Lightening Strike. I love it because it blooms late.

If anyone has pets that chew on plants though, you might be cautious with toad lilies. I've seen them on some poisonous lists - same with FoxGloves (which I also adore).

    Bookmark   November 1, 2006 at 9:53PM
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tsneal(z5/NW IN)

Wow Angie...just gorgeous!!!

Stephanie

    Bookmark   November 3, 2006 at 9:19AM
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