Tricyrtis formosana 'Dark Beauty'

2 litre pot £14.99
available to order from summer
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Buy Tricyrtis formosana 'Dark Beauty' toad lily: Great for adding an exotic look

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: partial or full shade
  • Soil: moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: August to September
  • 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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Notes on 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"

Lovely exotic looking hardy plant


I had seen this plant in Perthshire and was delighted to find it in your stock A delightful exotic looking hardy plant. it has done well in first season

Educating Evie



Tricyrtis plants


I bought two Tricyrtis plants from Crocus in 2016 and they arrived well packed and healthy and in flower. I planted them up in general purpose compost in larger plastic plantpots leaving the root ball completely undisturbed. They died right back as normal in the late Autumn but grew strongly in the next Spring and sent up stems which produced flowers. I am confident that they will do the same this year. I've tried growing Tricyrtis plants from seeds and also bare root plants from another merchant but failed to have any success. So I concluded that it was worth paying what appears to be a lot more money to be sure of getting a good result.






Lovely plant & a bit different. Very pleased





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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

Sally Reay

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

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