PLANT OF THE WEEK TRICYRTIS
HIRTA This is a really exotic beauty from Japan - although its common name of hairy toad lily would not indicate this.
Somatic embryogenesis and plant regeneration from callus cultures of several species in the genus Tricyrtis
. In Vitro Cell.
For something a little more unusual, try the toad lily, Tricyrtis
. With its exotic-looking spotted foliage it may remind you of an orchid, but it's fully hardy and prefers partial or full shade.
Mizunashi et al., "Somaclonal variation in Tricyrtis
hirta plants regenerated from 1-year-old embryogenic callus cultures," Scientia Horticulturae, vol.
There are tricyrtis
, Kirengeshoma palmata and actaea but one family makes this time its own - Japanese anemones.
Alice Longfellow, owner of Longfellow's Garden Center in Centertown, Missouri, in Zone 6, lists foxglove, tricyrtis
and serviceberry at the top of her list for light shade.
Wants: clematis vine, chamomile, Chinese lanterns, hardy daylilies, fern leaf bleeding heart, jack-in-the-pulpit, trilliums, phlox, woodruff, small purple hyacinth, snow drops, crocus, goldenseal, ginseng, zinnias, morning glories, toad lily (Tricyrtis
), Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan), tulip
Clumps of Tricyrtis
, the toad lilies, the whitish Lilium wallichianum, the rather creepy Lilium Nepalese with a dark oxblood heart to its flowers.
AI suspect it's a toad lily or tricyrtis
formosana, which I also have in my garden.
There are other autumn-flowering bulbs and tubers which have to be planted earlier in the year to give their best from September onwards, including some dahlias, gladioli and the toad lily (Tricyrtis
formosana), a woodland plant which makes good clumps in the dappled shade betweentrees, producing wonderful clusters of star-shaped white or pale pink flowers spotted with purple-red.
For the autumn, for my money the yellow Tricyrtis
macrantha is unbeatable.