Thursday, November 16, 2006

Tricyrtis hirta "Toad Lily"

Hairy Toad Lily
Tricyrtis Hirta

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ay)
Genus: Tricyrtis (try-SER-tis)
Species: hirta (HER-tuh)

Tricyrtis is a perennial that does not get the attention it deserves in my opinion. With its purple, orchid like blooms popping out in late summer to early fall, it is a stunning addition to any garden. It is zoned from 5a to 9b and performs best in part to full shade. Tricytis prefers moist soil and does not like to dry out between watering. It is important to know that all parts of this plant are poisonous so be careful if you have pets or small children (rabbits seem to be immune. Trycrytis can be propagated by division or seed and requires a soil pH between 5.6 to 7.5.

Pros: Colorful and delicate orchid like bloom perfect for a woodland garden. Spreads enough to fill a small area but not invasive. Perfect for any shade

Joe Cultra
Modern Gardener

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