Texas Gardening forum: toad lilies in Big Thicket?

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southeast Texas (Zone 8b)
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Cat Lover
Jan 16, 2017 12:35 PM CST
I am considering toad lilies (Tricyrtis) for my woodland garden in our back yard. I have not developed my garden yet, but am dreaming of what I want to plant and hoping to order ASAP.
I know toad lilies have very small blooms but have heard they are worth having regardless of bloom size. Does anyone know if they will grow in the Big Thicket area in Hardin County? We are located about 40 miles northwest of Beaumont. I have a shady area with rich, acidic, moist soil.
Any info or advice will be appreciated!
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Name: Sandi
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Jan 16, 2017 1:21 PM CST


@Kittypoet if you read through the thread below, I think you'll find some folks who are growing these in other parts of Texas and can give you some information. Thumbs up

The thread "Fall Blooms" in Texas Gardening forum
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Jan 17, 2017 3:01 PM CST

I think the Tricyrtis should do well in the situation you are describing. They are cool plants to view, but maybe not showy from a distance. Sort of look like a rangy Tradescantia type plant until they bloom. Mine was extremely floriferous this year even after some kind of varmint ate off a load of the developing buds. I was worried about it growing in the dry heat I have, but it's in the shade and seems to do fine. I grow the current one in a container and moved to a spot with a bit more sun and the plant didn't like the move and promptly developed burnt ends on the leaves, so I moved it back where it was. I grew a different variety a few years ago planted in the ground in a shady location. It did well, but armadillos rooted it up one hot summer day and I didn't discover it until it was exposed to the heat all day. I lost it then, but that was the third summer for it. In the summer, I do try to keep the soil around the roots damp.

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