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PlantFiles: Hairy Toad Lily
Tricyrtis hirta

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tricyrtis (try-SER-tis) (Info)
Species: hirta (HER-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Tricyrtis japonica

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
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

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11 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gammaneetz On Sep 19, 2013, gammaneetz from Garden City, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

A great addition to the area in front of my house where it is in the shade 3/4 of the day. Is great with my pink turtlehead plants in the late summer and early fall.

Positive MissWeed On Mar 29, 2011, MissWeed from Raymond, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've only had this plant since last autumn, and have kept it potted till now. It had gotten a bit leggy, so I cut it back and put the cuttings in water - they rooted within days, and now I have several more plants potted up.

Positive wfspr44 On Oct 16, 2009, wfspr44 from Tulsa, OK wrote:

It grows perennially and strongly in Tulsa, Oklahoma, even spreading itself to 8 feet away, in almost total shade. I discovered today that bees spend a great time in a flower, wagging their abdomens while their head is deep in the flower's throat, leading me to believe the plant has plenty of nectar that can be used by bees. Bees are under lots of stress with pesticides, herbicides, being trucked across the country to pollinate crops, so growing flowers they can use pleases me.

Neutral enya_34 On Oct 25, 2007, enya_34 from Madison, WI wrote:

There's a virus that effects tricyrtis and results in irregular molting of flowers. Watch out for irregular spots and flowers coloration!

Positive renruts On Apr 19, 2007, renruts from Trenton, NJ wrote:

Grows beautifully and multiplies each season.Blooms late into november

Positive quasymoto On Oct 23, 2006, quasymoto from Bloomfield, IA (Zone 5b) wrote:

I really love this plant and am so happy to have the ones I do have. This was the first "full" year in the ground. The foliage did great, but I didn't get any blooms. Not sure if it takes a while to get blooms or if I should have watered more. But I will water more next summer.

Positive Toxicodendron On Oct 4, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

A beautiful plant with very welcome late season blooms. Mine often is still blooming when we get a frost in Autumn. However, because it blooms so late, it needs extra watering all summer and also the foliage will need protection from insects and diseases to look great with the blooms. I first tried it in the wooded areas here, but it looked awful and bloomed very sparingly. I now have them in a shady moist bed where they get regular care and they are loaded with blooms.

Positive TeaLeaves On Apr 2, 2004, TeaLeaves from mecosta, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Beautiful fall flowering shade plant. We wait every year for them to start blooming. Be aware - rabbits love to eat the flower buds.

Positive IslandJim On Jul 27, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

I really like this plant. Unfortunately, however, it doesn't like zone 10. First time I saw it was at a botanical garden in Bethesda, MD, where it was used as a ground cover. Very nice.

Positive greenjeans1 On Jun 10, 2003, greenjeans1 wrote:

This plant will start from cuttings taken in late spring thru early summer. I use 4-6 inch cuttings placed in soiless mix. They root rapidly. Greenjeans1

Positive sterhill On Apr 20, 2003, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I found that they will grow wonderfully from seed. Save the seed pods in the fall and start them under a shop light in the spring. I had hundreds! Had to cull them out and give away all I could. Planted them all over. Takes a little while to germinate, but very hardy!

Positive lupinelover On Jan 31, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Toad lily is a great plant for woodland gardens; it spreads enough to fill in, but is not in the least invasive. It responds to drought by going dormant prematurely, and will not bloom that year.

Neutral RiseAnn On Jul 1, 2001, RiseAnn from Rapid City, SD (Zone 5b) wrote:

Unusual white star shaped flowers speckled with purple in fall. Hairy foliage. Enjoys humus-rich, moist well drained soil. Blooms late fall - best viewed up close.


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

, (2 reports)
Auburn, Alabama
Huntsville, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Wetumpka, Alabama
Calistoga, California
Fremont, California
Monterey, California
Oakland, California
Pleasant Hill, California
Sacramento, California
San Francisco, California
Harwinton, Connecticut
Stamford, Connecticut
Keystone Heights, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia (2 reports)
Thomasville, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Grayslake, Illinois
Lake In The Hills, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Quincy, Illinois
Salem, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Bloomfield, Iowa
Louisville, Kentucky
Franklin, Louisiana
Hammond, Louisiana
Lafayette, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Bar Mills, Maine
Baltimore, Maryland
Pikesville, Maryland
Silver Spring, Maryland
Westminster, Maryland
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Duxbury, Massachusetts
Halifax, Massachusetts
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Newton Highlands, Massachusetts
Constantine, Michigan
Garden City, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
South Saint Paul, Minnesota
Natchez, Mississippi
Raymond, Mississippi
Columbia, Missouri
Piedmont, Missouri
Auburn, New Hampshire
East Wakefield, New Hampshire
Jersey City, New Jersey
Neptune, New Jersey
Trenton, New Jersey
Berkshire, New York
Brevard, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Hendersonville, North Carolina
High Point, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Marietta, Ohio
Butler, Pennsylvania
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
New Hope, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Rapid City, South Dakota
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Alvin, Texas
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Colmesneil, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Frisco, Texas
Garland, Texas
Houston, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Essex Junction, Vermont
Evington, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Sterling, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Shoreline, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin (2 reports)

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