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Tricyrtis 'Taipei Silk'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tricyrtis (try-SER-tis) (Info)
Cultivar: Taipei Silk
Additional cultivar information: (PP18727)
Hybridized by Probst; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2005

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11 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive natplant On Apr 16, 2012, natplant from Ravenel, SC wrote:

I've had this plant just under two years now. It is doing nicely.

It does tend to get too tall to support its weight a bit later in the growing season and as a result it droops over. This may be a result of a bit too much shade as it strives upward for light. In any event the flower is much loved by my wife.

It does not disappoint.

Neutral Clary On Nov 2, 2009, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a stunning flower, though small. Very attractive to slugs, however.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Medium 25" - Plant 2' apart. zone 5/6-9. Exotic, orchid-like blooms are larger than most Tricyrtis. Glistening purple highlighted with paler purple and white, enhanced with a reddish freckling. A fall performer for shade, blooming right up to frost.

Neutral Shadyfolks On Feb 4, 2006, Shadyfolks from Chesterland, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant is new for me this year (2005). My flowers were the same color as rcn48's picture shows. I agree that it was earlier to boom-July for me here in northern OH. My plant did set a lot of buds, just like in rcn48 picture.
Nice Tricyrtis.

Positive rcn48 On Aug 26, 2005, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

New plant for us although we grow alot of other Tricyrtis. We were attracted to this cultivar because it had been promoted as the first 'pink' blooming Tricyrtis. Although there is some variation in the color of the blooms, it is not really 'pink'. However, it is a very pretty flower and blooms a little earlier than most Tricyrtis. The foliage tends to be more glossy than others - a nice plus for this plant, and appears to be a vigorous grower.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Leandro, California
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Frankfort, Kentucky
Attleboro, Massachusetts
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Winona, Minnesota
Greenville, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Wakefield, Rhode Island
Ravenel, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Mansfield, Texas
Mc Lean, Virginia
East Port Orchard, Washington

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