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PlantFiles: Toad Lily
Tricyrtis 'Lightning Strike'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tricyrtis (try-SER-tis) (Info)
Cultivar: Lightning Strike

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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
Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rcn48 On Feb 15, 2006, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Tricyrtis are some of our favorite "fall bloomers". T. 'Lightning Strike' has unique foliage as well as beautiful flowers. It has a nice mounding habit and doesn't grow as tall as some of the other Tricyrtis we have planted. Excellent plant for the shade garden.

Positive bonniewong On Nov 24, 2005, bonniewong from edmonton
Canada wrote:

Wonderful woodland perennial, toad lilies don't always bloom in my garden before the frost destroys the buds. It's around a 50/50 chance, but it is so worth the wait. Anyway, the foliage makes up for the chance of no blooms. I love this plant.


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

Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Chesterland, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Lexington, Virginia

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