Tricyrtis hirta
Tricyrtis hirta
Tricyrtis hirta
Tricyrtis hirta
Tricyrtis hirta
Tricyrtis hirta
Tricyrtis hirta
Tricyrtis hirta
Tricyrtis hirta

Tricyrtis hirta

"Japanese toad lily"

Tricyrtis hirta

3 bare roots — £4.39

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Description

Give Tricyrtis hirta a space in a shady part of your garden and it will reward you with the most intricate and exotic looking late-summer flowers. The flowers are most intriguing to look at, not only for their purple speckled markings but also because of their formation. Interestingly, parts of the blooms are in threes, hence the name, Tricyrtis. There are three petals, three spurs at the base of each petal, three sepals and three forked styles and which appear from above to hover above the flower like an umbrella. If you feel the urge to gaze at these flowers for a while, you’re not alone!

Areas in the shelter of trees and shrubs are perfect for Tricyrtis hirta, commonly known as Japanese toad lily or Japanese orchid lily. They like shade and dappled shade, but the soil must be reliably damp and rich, so avoid planting directly under tress where the soil is compacted and very dry. Tricyrtis hirta syn. Tricyrtis japonica is a perennial plant—when it's happy in its position, it will establish gradually to form a larger clump which grows back and flowers every year from late summer into autumn.

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • May need winter cover

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Tricyrtis hirta

  • Flower colour

    Purple, white

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    70cm-1m

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Clump-forming
    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Half hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Partial shade
    Dappled shade
    Full shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Ground cover
    Cottage gardens
    Exotic gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Acid, any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp
    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Loam-based compost
    Multipurpose compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    Toxic if eaten

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Tricyrtis hirta roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Japanese toad lily" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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The beauty of perennial plants doesn’t just lie in their long-lasting flowers and sturdy, resilient nature, but it’s their sheer determination to keep on coming back stronger every year —in year one they’re good, but in future years they’re even better!

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