Reputed to have the largest flowers of all the “Toad Lilies”. Large velvety stars of white spotted with dark burgundy-purple. Flowers open to wide stars in branching heads giving a great show for autumn – early winter on 60cm.arching stems. Foliage forms a thick weed smothering carpet in Deep Shade to Partial Shade. Tricyrtis ‘Empress’ TOAD LILY is easily grown and is also very Frost Hardy.
Growing: Tricyrtis ‘Empress’
– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 55cm approx.
– Position: Partial Shade, Woodland, Dappled Sun.
– Soil: Tolerates dry conditions and also most soils but must be well drained.
– Fragrance: –
– Frost: Hardy
– Growth: Herbaceous Perennial
– Attracts: Bees as well as other beneficial pollinators.
– Care: Very low maintenance, Dead head flower stems when spent if desired but not necessary.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Both tend to steer clear of this plant because they find the plant unpalatable
– Origin: Native to East Asia, Tricyrtis’ native range runs from China, Korea, and Japan in the north to Nepal, Taiwan and the Philippines in the south.
– History: The name tricyrtis comes from the Greek “tri” (three) and “kyrtos” (swelling, arched or humped) which refers to the 3 sack-like nectar sacks at the base of the flower heads. The most common explanation for the name toad lily is that the flowers and leaves are spotted like toads. The first European to document a Tricyrtis species was Carl Peter Thunberg, a Swedish surgeon and naturalist.