PO Box 567
Lilydale, Vic 3140
Phone (03) 9735 3831

Tricyrtis lasiocarpa

Blue Toad Lily

Plant Type Small shrub
Flower Colour Blue purple
Leaf Shape Lanceolate - medium
Leaf Colour Green
Sun/Shade Part-filt sun
Climate Min Cool temperate
Climate Max Temperate
Drought No
Coastal No
Frost Heavy
Native China
Flower Months Mar-Apr



This delightful genus of colorful perennials from eastern Asia will thrive in most home gardens.  Tricyrtis lasiocarpa is a species form that is a strong growing plant with masses of orchid like flowers at the tips of the stems.  The leaves spread up the stems in an attractive fashion making it a garden must.


Tricyrtis lasiocarpa has masses of flowers in autumn.  The petaIs have dark purple spots and a deep blue tint with larger leaves than most other species.    It requires a moist but well drained soil in part to filtered sun liking a rich humus soil and is hardy to most frosts.  In cooler areas it will need a warm spot to get the best from the flowers.  It is easy to grow and will delight even the most brown thumbed gardener.  Colorful addition to cut flower arrangements.


Tricyrtis lasiocarpa is a new introduction by Clive Larkman although it has been available to keen gardeners in Europe for many years.  It has been selected for the large bluish flowers and it looks great planted with Heuchera ‘Black Beauty’ or Heucherella ‘Sunspot’.  Plant under deciduous trees or in a shady spot along with Thalictrum kusianum and a mix of Hosta varieties.


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