Tricyrtis hirta

toad lily

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Soft hairy leaves and stems on this gently spreading toad lily with cream flowers spotted in heliotrope-mauve - the three large petals are set round a prominent cross-shaped style

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  • Position: partial or full shade
  • Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: August to October
  • Flower colour: purple-spotted white flowers
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Sprays of exotic-looking, purple-spotted white flowers from August to October and hairy, lance-shaped, pale green leaves. This fascinating toad lily is one of our recommended plants. Ideal for adding vertical interest in a sheltered, shady border or woodland garden, specimens grown in cold areas of the country appreciate 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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    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 Sally
    Asked on 10/21/2009 by Sally Reay

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      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 Doctor

      Answered on 10/22/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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