February 8, 2023
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Tricyrtis formosana

Tricyrtis formosana is a rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial plant. It is native to Taiwan and 南西諸島, Nansei-shotō (otherwise known as 琉球諸島, Ryūkyū-shotō, or Ryukyu Island, Japan). It is part of the Liliaceae family of plants. It is also commonly known as the Toad Lily.

Tricyrtis formosana
Tricyrtis formosana

Tricyrtis formosana has erect stems. They grow to 80cm or 3ft. The foliage is lance-shaped and spotted. It also has spotted flowers that are white with purple spots. Tricyrtis formosana flowers are star-shaped. The flowers are exotic-looking. They resemble orchids. They have six petals and a bright yellow throat and appear in lax clusters at top of stalks. Deadhead the flowers to promote more flowers. Tricyrtis formosana is trouble-free and easy to take care of, it is also deer-resistant.

Tricyrtis formosana
Tricyrtis formosana

How to grow Tricyrtis formosana:

Plant Tricyrtis formosana in moist, humus-rich soil. Grow it in full or partial shade. Provide a sheltered location for colder climates. Tricyrtis formosana might need additional protection during winter to survive. Propagate by seeds or by division in early spring. It spreads through rhizomes but slowly. It is disease-free. But watch out for slugs and snails.

Tricyrtis formosana
Tricyrtis formosana flower is white with purple dots.
Tricyrtis formosana
Tricyrtis formosana at Kew Garden.

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