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Toad Lily

08/01/2013 - 09/30/2013

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Toad Lily

 Botanic Name: Tricytis  

Attributes This elegant native of Japan is grown more for its uniqueness rather than its other many attributes.  ‘Taipei Silk’ toad lily is a vigorous upright compact hybrid that has exotic orchid-like blooms.  The flowers have 3 rich lavender petals, contrasted with 3 smaller white petals, with lavender specks.  The leaves have clear glossy foliage that blooms from spring to late fall.  ‘Taipei Silk’ is a very hardy shade herbaceous perennial that grows 2-3 ft. tall and wide and is a great fall bloomer for the garden.  

Growing Tips ‘Toad-Lilies’ like rich, moist soil with light shade.  Since they are fall blooming perennials, they are photoperiodic, meaning that the shorter days induce the formation of blooms.  Therefore, it is best not to plat them close to any type of outdoor light, as this can cause them not to bloom  

Landscape Value ‘Toad Lilies’ are best planted in groups of odd numbers and should be planted close to a walk, so the flowers can be seen close up.  ‘Toad Lilies’ are reliable early fall blooming perennial that blooms almost to frost.  

This plant can be seen in the newly planted azalea beds in the Memphis Botanic Garden.

By Kyle McLane    


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