Tricyrtis formosana ‘Adbane’
Soft pink spotted ‘Toad Lily’ flowers on pretty sprays emerge from velvet black buds from late summer through autumn. 60cm flower stems. Pointed leaves lightly and faintly spotted. Enjoys Deep Shade as well as Dappled Sunlight. Tricyrtis formosana ‘Adbane’ is very tough and requires very little care. An unusual variety for that more difficult shady situation.
Strong, Reliable performer
Tricyrtis was officially regarded as a top performer in the 2001 Chicago Botanic Plant Evaluation study as a result of its superior floral display, robust habit, winter hardiness and disease resistance. Relatively trouble-free because Toad Lily requires little maintenance, is heavy shade and frost tolerant. As well as being deer and pest resistant.
Growing: Tricyrtis formosana ‘Adbane’
– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 40cm approx.
– Position: Partial Shade, Woodland as well as Dappled Sun.
– Soil: Tolerates dry conditions and 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. Can 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 growth unpalatable.
– Origin: East Asian in origin. Tricyrtis’ native range runs from China, Korea, and Japan. Also in the north to Nepal, Taiwan as well as 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.