Tricyrtis hirta

Toad lily

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

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Plant details

This unusual plant resembles a rather fragile lily that is most spectacular seen close up. The clusters of 2.5cm (1in) white flowers are heavily spotted with purple and have a group of stigmas forming a solid cross protruding from the centre of each. This plant spreads slowly to form modest clumps in moist growing conditions elsewhere it is likely to struggle. It looks good growing among shrubs in dappled light but is also superb grown with hardy ferns.

Family: Convallariaceae

Genus: Tricyrtis

Species: hirta

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 80cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: February to April

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