Tricyrtis is a small genus of the Liliaceae family that contains fewer than a couple of dozen cultivars. These interesting shade perennials are commonly called Toad Lillies, a common name that arose from elaborate hoax perpetrated on the world's scientific and anthropological communities in the 70's regarding the discovery of an aboriginal native tribe in the Philippines.
One of the embellishments of this story was that these natives rubbed the crushed leaves of a native tricyrtis species on their hands and arms as an attractant for toads they would catch barehanded for food.
Even though the hoax was later exposed, the common name of Toad Lily for the Tricyrtis stuck.
Tricyrtis formosana samurari is an interesting cultivar that has green leaves with a creamy gold toned variegation along the outer edge. It is perhaps the most widely planted type.
It blooms late in the summer and early fall with small, but infinitely interesting unique lily like spotted flowers with yellow throats that look somewhat like a lily, or perhaps a bit more like an orchid.
Toad Lilies are great plants for along shady paths or in pots on the porch or patio where the flowers can be admired and appreciated up close. The variegated in the strap, ladder like, evenly spaced, whorled leaves brings texture and light even when there are no flowers.
Despite its tropical and exotic appearance the toad lily is actually quite cold tolerant. Well established plants will come back up each spring from the rhizomes as far north as Zone 4.
Condition: One (1) Well rooted, starter size plant growing and shipped in a 4 inch diameter plastic pot. Plant will be a minimum of about 6 to 8 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping. *Limited Conditional Warranty: Warranty is limited to guaranteeing plants will arrive safely and in good and healthy condition, and is conditioned on Seller receiving prompt notice (within 24 hours of delivery) of any problem with the condition accompanied by photo validation.
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- Brand: Emerald Goddess Gardens
- Common Name: Variegated Toad Lily
- Bloom Form: Tiny orchid-lily like
- Mature Size: 12 inches
- Fragrance: None
- Suggested Uses: Shade Garden, Borders, Cover, Accent, Potted
- House Plant Adapative: Yes
- Country of Origin: USA
- Limited Conditional Warranty: Healthy Arrival
- Extended Long Term Warranty: None
- Manufacturer:Emerald Goddess Gardens TM
- Climate: Cold Tolerant
- Color: Purple Lavender White Pink
- Special Features: Interesting color and texture
- Species: Tricyrtis formosana samurari
- Sunlight: Light to Moderate Shade
- USDA Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
- Watering: Moderate