Gilt Edge Toad Lily
Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge'
This plant looks so exotic, with its combination of big, creamy-edged leaves and exquisite spotted pink blooms, that nobody need know it's a cinch to grow! 'Gilt Edge' is a shade- and moisture-loving Toad Lily, ready to flower for weeks during the dull late-summer-early-fall season when the garden is at one of those awkward "in between" stages!
'Gilt Edge' is showier than most Formosa Toad Lilies, with long, elegant leaves the size of dollar bills, jaggedly edged in a creamy yellow that varies leaf by leaf. Vigorous and attractive all season, it doesn't "brown out" toward the end of summer, as some Toad Lilies will, but stays as fresh and clean as though the leaves were newly unfurled! The blooms may remind you of Orchids; just an inch across, they stand out brilliantly, their deep pink petals merrily spotted in deep purple. Expect them to keep coming for several weeks, offering a terrific color show in the garden.
Plant 'Gilt Edge' in the shade garden, giving it more sun in the north than in the south. It will colonize readily if you allow it room, so clear a wide area and get ready to watch this Toad Lily make itself at home! A good companion to ferns and Hostas, it reaches 20 to 24 inches tall and up to 30 inches wide in evenly moist (not boggy or wet) soil. If you're planting more than one, space them about 2 feet apart to give them room to spread! Hardy in zones 4-8.
|Zone||4 - 8|
|Bloom Season||Late Summer - Early Fall|
|Plant Height||20 in - 24 in|
|Plant Width||20 in - 2 ft 6 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Flower, Variegated|
|Bloom Color||Dark Pink, Dark Purple|
|Light Requirements||Part Shade, Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Fall Color, Beds, Border, Containers, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, Canada|
Japanese Toad Lily
Set plants 1 to 21/2 feet apart, depending on type. Choose a location in partial or high shade, where the soil remains moist. Adding organic matter to light soils will help hold moisture.
Make sure plants are kept watered during dry spells. To establish new colonies, transplant in fall after flowering, or in spring (the latter is preferable farther north). Slugs may become a problem to tricyrtis; if so, apply a slug bait in the spring. A winter mulch, applied after the ground freezes and removed the following spring, is recommended in northern zones.
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