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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Sep 25, 2015 11:55 AM CST
A surprise for me this week. I wasn't expecting any bloom and wasn't looking and then there they were! This was an impulse buy from Wal-Mart this spring. One of those plastic packages with a photo and a root. The bloom doesn't look anything like the one that came on the package except that it's obviously a Tricyrtis bloom. The package was sold as 'Toad Lily' - no notation of Tricyrtis.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Sep 25, 2015 3:59 PM CST
Wow! Is the bloom as vivid as the pic implies? Too bad the package didn't come with a cultivar name.
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Sep 25, 2015 6:47 PM CST
Yes, the photo is accurate if you enlarge it. It was odd when I first saw it. It's sitting up against the house which is painted white so all you could see were the darker areas. I initially thought a grasshopper had eaten it and I was seeing a bloom eaten up! A closer examination revealed the more typical Tricyrtis type pattern. I looked in the database and didn't see one posted that's a good look alike. I grew one a few years ago and the photo on the package matched it pretty closely. The spots or blotches were tinted a lot more raspberry red than this one. It appears that there are going to be a lot more blooms coming along. I hope! What forum do these fit in, do you know? Tropical?
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Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Sep 25, 2015 7:29 PM CST
Perennial

They are a perennial and grow well in shady areas . I have mine with my hosta . They are one of the last flowers in the fall to bloom.
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Sep 25, 2015 7:48 PM CST
Ah! See, Cinda! I had plans to plant this in with my cast iron pot of Hosta!. I stuck some ferns in earlier in the spring (a Wal-Mart plastic plastic package also and which also does not appear to be what the label said Smiling ) I've got to do some research about the minimum cold temp they can handle. It's on for early next spring, not now.
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Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Sep 25, 2015 8:07 PM CST
I am in zone 5 and we get 10 below for a few days each winter , don't think it get that cold there? Smiling
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Sep 25, 2015 8:35 PM CST
Good grief no! 10 below? 20 above just about does me in!! The rare occasions we get single digits even overnight are just awful. But a cast iron wash pot surely isn't the same as being in the ground. The Hosta has managed it for 3 years now without a blip, but the fern, and maybe next year, the Tricyrtis, haven't been tested. That it can handle -10F is sure a hopeful sign. Thanks for that bit of info!
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Sep 26, 2015 8:01 AM CST
I grow 4 different types here and I'm in zone 5. No problems with them not coming back in the spring. Most of the varieties have paler color blotches on the flowers so I'm rather impressed with the darker color.
Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
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Pistil
Sep 26, 2015 10:58 AM CST
Here is my 'Blue Wonder' I just planted this summer. I have killed a few Toad Lillies l but I am hoping this spot is better. This variety has flowers that are more noticeable than the others I tried.
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Sep 26, 2015 11:08 AM CST
Very nice color, is blue wonder the name or just what you call it ?
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Sep 26, 2015 12:34 PM CST
Mary - that's a nice one!
Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
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Pistil
Sep 27, 2015 11:18 AM CST
It is a variety called 'Blue Wonder' that I got from Edelweiss Perennials when he came to a garden festival here in June- he sells lots of varieties, here is a link:

http://edelweissperennials.com/PlantGroup.aspx?plant=Tricyrt...
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Sep 27, 2015 12:51 PM CST
They do have a nice selection, thanks for the link . I remember getting a couple plants from them a few years ago Rolling my eyes. They totally fell of my list of good places *Blush* old age creeping up.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Sep 27, 2015 2:36 PM CST
Yep - nice selection. They have some other desirable plants but I've been trying to scout out local nurseries due to shipping charges.
Name: Jacque
Burton, WA - Old Hippie Heaven (Zone 8a)
jacqueg
Sep 28, 2015 5:03 PM CST
I grow mine in a pot, so that when it blooms, I can move it to where it can better show itself off! The flowers are amazing, but not real large. Mine is a variety named 'Empress", dark purple flowers. She's just now showing buds, I'll post a pic when she deigns to bestow her full glory.
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Sep 29, 2015 8:13 AM CST
I never thought about growing it in a pot - great idea. At this time of year, it would be nice to have a blooming beauty to position where it can be seen instead of mingled with all of the other fading perennials in my garden.
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Sep 29, 2015 7:05 PM CST
Cindy
Take note that Jacque is in zone 8 and this plant may not survive our zone 5 winters in a pot.
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Sep 30, 2015 3:39 PM CST
Cinda - I noticed the zone. That would be the dilemma - where to store the potted plant. All of my spaces are heated to some degree although I have a cold frame that won't drop below 20 degrees. Thermostatically controlled 60 watt light bulb will come on to protect potted greens.
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Sep 30, 2015 11:47 PM CST
Yep Toad Lily. Tricyrtis hirta. Tolerate partial to full shade. I have it planted with Spider wort (bloomed couple months ago) in one of my shade gardens with hostas, autumn fern and vinca minor. In the background are 5 Azaleas. The toad lily is a late bloomer so while the hostas are looking ragged this adds color to an otherwise drab area this time of year.
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Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Oct 1, 2015 9:49 AM CST
I must be later than you
Mine are blooming now

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Has anyone collected seeds , or tried to start them from seed?

My patch seems to be getting smaller Sad
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