Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta 'Blue Wonder') in the Toad Lilies Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
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
Fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Division
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

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Posted by foraygardengirl (Minnesota - Zone 4a) on Sep 19, 2016 8:04 AM

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.

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Posted by Jenn (Trenton, TX - Zone 8a) on Nov 30, 2011 11:03 PM

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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