Toad Lilies, Too

“Toad Lilies, Too”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


The (Tricyrtis formsana) toad lily blooms have opened today.  These are a little different than the ones (Tricyrtis hirta) I wrote about yesterday.  This toad lily’s stems are much longer about two to three feet long compared to about 15 inches.  While the stems tend to lay on the ground, I use stakes to prop them up so that the flowers are more visible.



 These plants were given to me by a neighbor just before she moved away to Houston.  This was one January about three years ago and the weather was very cold, but these toad lilies must be tough little plants because once they were planted in my garden, they settled right in with no problems.  In fact, it wasn’t long before they began to spread and make bigger clumps. 


For me, the Tricyrtis formsana are evergreen though the Tricyrtis hirtas are not.  Another difference is that the flowers are not along the stems like the hirta but are on small spikes at the ends of the stems.  Like the toad lilies from yesterday, I have them planted in front of holly ferns in a shady area of the garden.


While I have grown the hirtas from seeds, these have not produced any seeds that I have seen, so I am dependent upon the plants spreading which they have done but not to the point of being invasive.


I have seen toad lilies online that have yellow flowers and maybe I need to add those to the ones I have.  Since these are such easy to care for plants with pretty little flowers, I am beginning to believe that you can never have too many toad lilies.



  1. Racquel said,

    October 7, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Another beautiful Toadlily. I’ve never seen this particular cultivar. Is the color a true blue?

  2. Alexandra said,

    October 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Toadlily…I think I need a flower book for Christmas. Another type of flower I have not heard of…but so BEAUTIful! 🙂

  3. Jan said,

    October 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Racquel, this toad lily does have a slight blue tinge, but not as much as it seems to have on some computers. On my laptop, it looks normal, but, on the desktop computer, it looks bluer. I don’t know why it looks different on each computer, I haven’t noticed this before.

    Alexandra, one of the nice things about reading gardening blogs is that you learn about new plants and flowers. Seeing what is growing in other blggers’ gardens and seeing new things is my favorite part of blogging.

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