Tricyrtis formosana ‘Gilt Edge’

variegated toad lily

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Outstanding Qualities

What makes Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge' worthy of a GPP is that it has very showy flowers from September into October. Long past when other plants have come and gone Tricyrtis takes its place center stage. This deciduous perennial produces small, white, lily-like flowers with purple spotting about 1 inch long. 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.

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 5 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge' makes a great specimen plant or works well in combination with Asarum, Carex oshimensis 'Evergold', Helleborus or a number of ferns.

Great Color Contrasts: orange, yellow, burgundy

Great Color Partners: purple, dark green, silver

Culture Notes
Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt edge' 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 'Gilt Edge' should not be allowed to dry out completely and would benefit from a layer of mulch when dormant.