General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 24 inches
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: Purple and white with white spots
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
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
  • Hairy Toad Lily
  • Japanese Toad Lily

Photo Gallery
Location: Liverpool, England
Date: 2023-09-23
Location: Liverpool, England
Date: 2023-09-23
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Date: 2020-10-13
Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta 'Miyazaki').
Location: Red Butte Garden, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2022-09-23
Location: Apple Valley MN
Date: 2017-09-26
Location: Kingston Ontario Canada
Date: 2019-10-09
Toad Lily Miyazaki by CanadianGardenJoy

Date: 2013-10-16
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2017-10-10
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2014-10-11
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2014-05-04
In my garden

Date: 2013-10-16

Date: 2013-10-16

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2011-09-26
buds on first year plant

Photo courtesy of Joy Creek Nursery
  • Uploaded by Joy
  • Posted by GardenQuilts (Delray Beach, FL - Zone 10b) on May 4, 2016 12:44 PM concerning plant:
    My plant originally came from Bluestone. It has spread - by runners and from seed. The seedlings are true to the parent. Seeds winter sow in place or containers. I have other toad lilies, but none are as reliable as this one. Clumps survived two moves and are thriving!

    Deer seem to leave this plant alone. I have it growing with stonecrop. They make a nice show in the fall when everything else is slowing down.
Plant Events from our members
aspenhill On October 12, 2013 Obtained plant
Behnke - qty 2
chelle On May 12, 2015 Seeds germinated
Est. germination date - seedlings observed 2015-05-24.
chelle On January 27, 2015 Seeds sown
W/S - Warm 3 wks, then move outdoors.
MissMew On May 18, 2018 Plant emerged
Hitch hiker appeared in rock garden
MissMew On October 24, 2017 Transplanted
Heeled in Back path east in front of Astilbe Deutchland
MissMew On September 4, 2017 Obtained plant
Suzanne - Vandermeer. Hitchhiked in with Helleborus 'Pink Marble'
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