Tricyrtis formosana 'Dark Beauty'
A strong, sultry, late-autumn star with dark-plum buds that open to white flowers heavily spotted in inky purple - matched by spotted foliage on upright tall stems
- Position: partial or full shade
- Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: August to September
- Flower colour: purple spots
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Unusual, star-shaped, purple-spotted flowers from August to September and smooth dark green leaves, which are spotted with dark purplish green. This toad lily is great for adding an exotic touch to the garden as well as vertical interest. Best grown in a sheltered, shady border or woodland garden. In colder areas of the country give the plant a deep, dry winter mulch.
- Garden care: In cold areas of the country provide a deep, dry, winter mulch around the crown of the plant. Lift and divide congested colonies in spring, while the plant is still dormant.
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Q:Can I grow Tricyrtis formosana 'Dark Beauty' in a pot and Poppies at the bottom of the garden?
Hi, We have a tiny North facing shaded garden and I'm looking for some Autumn colour for our patio. Can I grow Tricyrtis formosana 'Dark Beauty' in a pot? If so how big should the pot be? If not can you recommend something else please? Also I'd love to grow some poppies, we get a fair amount of sunshine in the spring and summer at the very end of the garden will I be able to grow Papaver orientale 'Perry's White' and Papaver orientale 'Effendi' here? Thank you SallyAsked on 10/21/2009 by Sally Reay
A:Hello Sally, These do well in pots, and I would say one about 40 x 40cm filled with John Innes No2 would be suitable. As for the poppies, these flower best in full sun, but they will also grow in a little light shade. I'm afraid though it may be trial and error to see if your spot is sunny enough. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 10/22/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk