Plant of the Month – Toad Lily

Tricyrtis, Toad Lily, may sound like an ugly plant.  Actually, it has a beautiful, orchid like flower.  The name Toad Lily may come from its love of growing in a moist, shady area of the garden and from the spots on its flowers reminding a sorry old soul to think of a toad!  Most of these Tricyrtis bloom in the middle of September.  They are hardy perennials,1 to 3 feet tall and have no pest problems.

The blooms are petite, so they should be planted in the front of the boarder so you can enjoy the exotic blooms. Butterflies, Hummingbirds and other pollinators are attracted to the nectar in Toad Lilies just at the time of year when other plants in the garden are declining as fall approaches.  Prune spent blooms down to the base for fall clean-up. Tricyrtis, an easy to grow plant for a woodland garden!♦


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