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Toad Lily

Toad lilies (Tricyrtis hirta) bloom from September to October and have lily-like white to pale lilac flowers with heavy purple to maroon spots. Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson University

Toad lilies (Tricyrtis hirta) bloom from September to October and have lily-like white to pale lilac flowers with heavy purple to maroon spots.
Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson University

Toad lilies (Tricyrtis hirta) bloom from September to October and have small, lily-like white to pale lilac flowers with heavy purple to maroon spots. They prefer evenly moist, well-drained, organically rich soils and grow best in part shade to shade. Toad lilies reach heights of 2 to 2½ feet tall by 1½ to 2 feet wide and have few disease and insect issues. However, do watch for slug damage, as this may be a problem. These natives from Japan are great additions to South Carolina woodland or naturalized gardens.

For more information on growing perennials, please see HGIC 1153, Growing Perennials. For controlling slugs in the garden, see HGIC 2357, Snails & Slugs in the Home Garden.

If this document didn’t answer your questions, please contact HGIC at hgic@clemson.edu or 1-888-656-9988.

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