Tricyrtis ‘Empress’ TOAD LILY –
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 shade to 1/2 shade. Easily grown and very frost hardy.
– Height with flowers:
– Position: Partial Shade, Woodland, Dappled Sun.
– Soil: Well Drained, Tolerates dry conditions.
– Fragrance: –
– Frost: Hardy
– Growth: Herbaceous Perennial
– Attracts: Bees and other beneficial pollinators.
– Care: Very low maintenance, Dead head flower stems when spent if desired.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Both tend to steer clear of this plant.
– Origin: East Asian in origin. This tricyrtis hybrid comes from the breeding efforts of Darrell Probst. 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.