Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’

variegated toad lily

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Outstanding Qualities

What makes Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai' worthy of a GPP is that it has very showy flowers in the fall. Long past when other plants have come and gone Tricyrtis takes its place center stage. This is an excellent plant to be used in a shady border or by itself in a more natural setting where it can be seen up close. Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai' makes a great specimen plant or works well in combination with Asarum, Carex oshimensis 'Evergold', Helleborus or a number of ferns.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: light or open shade

Water Requirements: regurlar watering

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: orange, yellow, burgundy

Great Color Partners: purple, dark green, silver

Culture Notes
Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai' grows best in moist but well drained, humus-rich soil in light or open shade. In colder areas planting in a brighter spot will encourage slightly earlier blooming thus avoiding frost. Do not plant in full sun because the leaves will burn. This plant will form a rhizomatous clump over time. Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai' should not be allowed to dry out completely and would benefit from a layer of mulch when dormant.