Tricyrtis hirta (also called toad lily)
Clump-forming perennial of the lily family, grown for exotic-looking speckled flowers. Combines well with hardy ferns.
Flowers in late summer and autumn.
Upright, spreading habit. H: 80cm S: 60cm.
Stems – round, green with some brownish tinges, slightly hairy.
Leaves – mid-green, lanceolate, no petiole.
Flowers – five white sepals, spotted with purple and with a yellow patch at the base of each, surround a group of stigmas forming a solid cross, protruding from the centre of each. All parts of the flower are spotted with purple.
Partial shade to shade. Useful for woodland planting schemes. Tolerates sunnier positions if the ground is moist but may be susceptible to leaf scorch.
Moist, Well-drained/light. Prefers a slightly acidic soil.
Protect from slugs. Plants benefit from a deep mulch of organic matter in prolonged cold spells if not blanketed by snow.
Division of clumps during winter dormancy.
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