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PlantFiles: Toad Lily
Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tricyrtis (try-SER-tis) (Info)
Species: formosana (for-MOH-sa-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Samurai

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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:
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral ms_greenjeans On Sep 1, 2011, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I've had great success with Blue Wonder toad lilies in zone 4a, so I'm now trying this variety. The blooms are lovely and I like the variegated leaves. I'll change the rating to positive if it survives the coming Minnesota winter.

Positive pieohmy On Jun 24, 2009, pieohmy from Independence, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've had this plant for several years now and still love it. It does not spread as quickly as regular toad lillies and does not get as tall but I still favor it. Its a nice plant for shady areas since it is varigated. It slowly clumps and is a great plant for sharing with others. Just pull up a piece and put it in dirt to propagate. I starts blooming in late summer but is blooming early this year because of the early heat wave. It dies back a little in winter and gets frost damage but rebounds quickly in the spring.

Positive Fairy1004 On Nov 8, 2007, Fairy1004 from (bestest fairy)Temperance, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Mine has been a prolific bloomer and this is the only var. I have that produces seeds. I posted a picture of the seeds. Just as beautiful as alll toad lilies....

Positive sterhill On Aug 16, 2005, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Atlanta - Easily grown from seed. I started with one plant, collected the seed in the fall and now have many. Some in shade and some in sun/shade. All are doing well. I have one planted where it gets almost no sun - and is in poor soil - that has not bloomed and needs to be moved. A really beautiful plant.


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

Atlanta, Georgia
Gainesville, Georgia
Independence, Louisiana
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Temperance, Michigan
Cincinnati, Ohio
Greenville, South Carolina
Kalama, Washington
Ocean Shores, Washington

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