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A picture of a Toad Lily

Toad Lily

Tricyrtis formosana

Also known as

Japanese Toad Lily

Photo by PimlicoDan (All rights reserved)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Toad Lily

A close up of some purple spotted Tricyrtis flowers on a plant
A close up of a Tricyrtis formosana flower
A close up of some Tricyrtis formosana flowers
A green Tricyrtis formosana plant in a garden with purple white flowers
A photo of Toad Lily

Toad Lily Overview

Tricyrtis formosana is an upright, rhizomatous perennial in the lily family, Liliaceae. It has an upright, clumping habit and typically grows to around 80cm in height. Leaves are glossy green, lance-shaped and showy flowers are produced in loose clusters. Commonly known by the names Toad Lily or Japanese Toad Lily. It is hardy to -15 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of partial sun or full shade, in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth. The flowers are star-shaped and coloured mainly white, with attractive purple spotting across the entire surface, with yellow centres, measuring around 2.5cm across. Typically grows to just under a metre in height.

Common problems with Toad Lily

How to propagate Toad Lily


Propagation is by division in the spring.


Seeds in the autumn.

Special features of Toad Lily

Attractive flowers


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