The Main Plant entry for Toad Lilies (Tricyrtis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
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

Common names
  • Toad Lily

Photo Gallery
Location: South Carolina
Location: my garden zone 5 Indiana
Date: 2019-09-27
Location: Apple Valley MN
Date: 2018-10-04
Location: Maine
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2009-10-06
Toad Lily 001
Location: Lititz PA
Date: 2017-09-27
Location: My garden zone 5
Date: 2008-09-26
Location: My garden
Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2018-04-07
Location: Lititz PA
Date: 2017-09-27
Location: my garden 
Date: 2016-10-19
Location: From my collection. Poland.
Date: 2018-09-18
Location: From my garden. Poland.
Date: 2018-09-18
Location: MOBOT -   St Louis
Date: 2009-09-29
Location: Mercer arboretum
Date: 2018-10-06
Location: my garden zone 5 Indiana
Date: 2019-09-27
flower bud next to green seed pod
Location: From my garden. Poland.
Date: 2018-09-18
Location: Lititz PA
Date: 2017-09-27
Location: West Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-09-07
Location: my garden 
Date: 2016-12-17
Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-10-22
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2012-03-04
leaves emerging in late winter
Location: my garden 
Date: 2016-12-17
Location: Houston area
Date: Late Summer 2012
Location: MOBOT -   St Louis
Date: 2009-09-29
Location: my garden 
Date: 2016-12-17
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  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 10, 2012 6:13 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 23, 2013 11:21 PM concerning plant:
    "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."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:
Plant Events from our members
chelle On February 19, 2015 Potted up
Yellow unknown

(1) paper
(1) 2-finger paper
chelle On January 27, 2015 Seeds sown
W/S - Warm 3 wks, then move outdoors - yellow unknown.
chelle From January 27, 2015 to February 13, 2015 Seeds germinated
Yellow unknown
piksihk On October 28, 2022 Bloomed
Both toad lilies are blooming.
piksihk On March 26, 2022 Obtained plant
Stellina R. says these are pink color
piksihk On September 23, 2019 Bloomed
HW frt bed under pecan tree; stalks turned brown so pruned off;
New growth 1/30/20
piksihk On October 15, 2018 Bloomed
piksihk On October 27, 2017 Bloomed
starting to bloom; HW
MrsBinWY On December 23, 2018 Seeds sown
WS sprinkle of seeds (labeled 2017) from ishareflowers in milk jug
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