Flowering Perennial Toad Lily Plants
The toad lily is a name for approximately 20 species of flowering perennial plants that belong to the genus Tricyrtis. The flowers resemble orchids, and often bloom in the fall after other plants are finished blooming. The toad lily is native to areas of Asia, and these plants grow in gardens all over the world. Toad lily flowers are often borne on upright, arching stems. Foliage varies with cultivar, as does the color of toad lily flowers, although most have the spotted appearance for which toad lilies are recognized. The toad lily plant grows taller in soils that are consistently moist. Tricyrtis hirta, the common toad lily, is most widely grown in residential gardens. Reaching 2 to 3 feet tall with funnel shaped flowers that are white with purple spots, this toad lily normally blooms in fall and is hardy to USDA Zones 4-9. The toad lily growing in deep shade offers the best performance, particularly in hotter areas. Keep the toad lily plants moist and feed with regular liquid food at half strength or with weak organic fertilizer for appropriate toad lily care.
Locate the plant where it is somewhat protected from wind. If you’ve planted toad lily flowers in spring, you may be wondering when toad lilies bloom. Most varieties bloom in fall, but the toad lily growing in more northern climates can be planted in a sunny location and will produce toad lily flowers in late summer. Toad lily care includes keeping the soil moist, but not soggy as the toad lily plant does not do well when roots are in soggy soil. Divide roots of the toad lily in early spring, for more of the attractive plants throughout your shady areas.