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Tricyrtis x 'Samurai'

Toad Lily

This toad Lily is one of the few varieties of Tricyrtis with varegated leaves that is a good, tough garden plant with clean foliage! Green leaves with creamy, almost gold edges are topped in fall with lily-like flowers of purple with dark purple spotting with yellow throats. Best admired from close by, it is lovely planted near a patio or sitting area mixed with other shade perennials.

Height: 12-18 Inches
Spread: 12-18 Inches
Zone: 4-8
Color: Violet Blue

Toad Lily Characteristics & Attributes

Part Sun
Soil Moisture Needs
Good Drainage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Growth Rate
Dry Shade
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Toad Lily

Grow in part shade in well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Water well on planting and regularly until established. Cut back to refresh foliage.

Interesting Notes

Its style (as in a plant's sexual parts) looks like a giraffe's neck, its anthers look like the eyes on a slug, its stamens arch like showerheads, and its six differently shaded petals (actually tepals) alternate like men and women at a dinner table. This whole surrealistic fantasy stands on three pairs of green rubber boots (swollen spurs that are part of the petals), which, kicked three times, reveal the source of the plant's Latin name: tri, meaning three, and kyrtos, meaning humped. Ketzel Levine

Common name either from spotted flowers resembling toads, or to use in Phillipines by native tribes to run on hands as a frog attractant before collecting frogs; genus name from Greek words for three and convex, referring to shape of 3 outer tepals. Perry's Perennial Pages