The Main Plant entry for Toad Lilies (Tricyrtis)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Leaves: Other: Ratty looking, brown foliage will result if plants don't get required shade and moisture
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Other: They are nodal rooters, so be sure that you have at least one node in root cuttings
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 10, 2012 6:13 AM

There are about 20 species in the genus Tricyrtis, which is part of the Liliaceae, the lily family. These are mostly Asian natives, ranging from Nepal eastwards through China to Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the Phillipine Islands. The greatest number and diversity is in Japan. The Japanese name for Tricyrtis is "Hototogisu" which roughly translates to "cuckoo".

Tricyrtis are extremely hardy perennials and fall in the low maintenance category but definitely look better with some attention.

They do require shade and deep shade south of the Mason-Dixon line. They like a good, moist soil that is rich in organic matter. If they don't get the required amount of shade and moisture, the results will be brown foliage.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 23, 2013 11:21 PM

"Tricyrtis is a genus of the botanical family Liliaceae, known in English as Toad lilies. Its native range is from the Himalayas to eastern Asia, including China, Japan, Philippines and Formosa.

They are perennial herbaceous plants that grow naturally at the edge of forests. They prefer shade or part shade and rich, moist soil. Toad Lilies bloom in the fall. They are hardy enough to handle sudden changes of winter from mild to blustery cold."

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