Tricyrtis are hardy or half-hardy perennials.
They bloom sporadically from the middle of summer through to early autumn.
When in bloom, Tricyrtis plants carry upturned bell-shaped flowers. These are usually freckled. Flowers may be red, purple, pink, yellow, or white.
Tricyrtis by wlcutler.
A common name for a member of Tricyrtis is the Toad Lily.
Tricyrtis hirta (Toad lily / Hairy Toad Lily), photograph by Anoldent; CC.
Tricyrtis formosana (Taiwanese Toad Lily), picture by Derek Keats; CC.
Toad Lilies are not the easiest plants to grow from seeds, and you may consider purchasing them from a garden centre or from divided plants.
The seeds of Tricyrtis plants should be sown at a depth of 3 mm (1/8th inch) in autumn or before the last frost of spring.
They should be spaced at about 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) apart, and prefer a partially shaded part of the garden.
Ideally the soil in which plants grow in will be rich, slightly acidic, peaty, and moist.
If you want to attempt growing Tricyrtis indoors, then sow the seeds into peat pots about a month and a half before you expect the last frost.
It can take from one to three months to germinate the seeds. This should be performed at 18 to 21 degrees Celsius (64 to 70°F). Transplant outdoors following the last frost of spring.
Though fairly difficult to grow from seed, it is fairly easy to care for toad Lily and other Tricyrtis members once they are growing.
During hot and dry spells they should be watered regularly to help keep the soil moist. Plants require a mulch in the spring time to help keep soil cool and moist.
If you require more plants then toad lilies can be propagated by division in the spring.
The Tricyrtis genus, commonly known as Toad Lily, contains about 20 species.
Yes, Tricyrtis species are valued for their uniquely spotted flowers. They're great for shady borders or woodland gardens.
The most commonly grown species is Tricyrtis hirta, also known as the Hairy Toad Lily.
Tricyrtis species are not typically known for fragrance, but their exotic, orchid-like flowers are quite appealing.
Tricyrtis prefers a location with partial to full shade and moist, well-drained soil. It's a perfect choice for a shaded border or woodland garden.
Currently, Tricyrtis is not known to be invasive in the USA. Always refer to local regulations for accurate information.
To remove Tricyrtis, uproot the entire plant including the root system to prevent regrowth.
The Tricyrtis plant genus belongs to the Liliaceae family. This genus includes about 20 species of perennial plants native to Asia, particularly in Japan, China, and the Philippines.
For best growth, Tricyrtis plants prefer shade or part-shade and rich, moist, well-drained soil. They can be propagated from seeds in spring or by division in the autumn. The plants are admired for their unique, speckled, lily-like flowers.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Tricyrtis plants. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Nomocharis, Impatiens, Yucca filamentosa, and Canna Lily plants.