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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 18-24 inches
Plant Spread: plant 24 inches apart
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Ratty looking, brown foliage will result if plants don't get required shade and moisture
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: White or blue-tinged white with deep blue spots.
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
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
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

Common names
  • Toad Lily

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Location: in my garden in Del Norte county, Ca. amongst the Redwoods
Date: 2021-10-14
do not  understand why it was called Blue
Location: Corner rock garden
Date: 2016-09-30
Location: in my garden in Del Norte county, Ca. amongst the Redwoods
Date: 2021-10-12

Date: 2020-10-10
Location: Corner garden
Date: 2016-09-18
Photo by treehugger
Location: Corner garden
Date: September
Location: Corner
Date: 2010-09-13
Location: Corner garden
Date: September
Location: Corner rock garden
Date: September 2015
Location: Corner garden
Date: October
Been blooming for whole month now!
Location: Corner garden
Date: September
Location: Corner rock garden
Date: September 2015
Location: Corner
Date: 2013-10-08
I find toad lilies fascinating!
Location: Botanical Garden Leipzig, Germany
Date: 2022-09-17
Location: Corner garden
Date: 2016-09-18
Location: Western Washington
Date: 2015-10-04
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2009-09-10

Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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  • Posted by foraygardengirl (Minnesota - Zone 4a) on Sep 19, 2016 8:04 AM concerning plant:
    Blue Wonder is an easy care plant that provides late season interest here in Minnesota. I have them planted on a north facing hillside and they grow with nothing more than benign neglect near large pine trees. The only issue I have ever had is that the tips of the leaves tend to get brown. This year we have had a lot of rain and the leaves look better, so I might try watering them a bit next year if it isn't as wet.
  • Posted by Jenn (Trenton, TX - Zone 8a) on Nov 30, 2011 11:03 PM concerning plant:
    I planted some of these pretty plants when I lived in Connecticut, and had a lot of deeply shady spots around the house. It could just have been my luck, or the sad state that the plants arrived in (large online supplier), but I found these to be a little temperamental. They needed very rich, well draining soil, and I couldn't let the soil dry out on them. I even had to stake the poor things while they were getting established, but, again, they arrived from the seller in a sad state. True to their description, they do very well in the shade, establishing nicely in a spot where I couldn't get much else to grow for lack of direct sun. Their flowers, much smaller than the Oriental lilies we're accustomed to, came in early fall, and were shockingly pretty. I wouldn't dare to grow them now that I live in dry, sunny Texas, but I certainly thought them worth the trouble in New England.
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