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Tricyrtis, Toad Lily '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
Registered or introduced: 2005



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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

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


On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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.


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.


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.