toad lily ‘Tojen’
Tricyrtis ‘Tojen’ is a member of the lily family (Liliaceae) and is native to China, Japan, the Philippines, and Taiwan; and is a hardy perennial plant for the Midwestern United States. In fact, toad lily is well-known for its adaptability to colder weather, being able to cope with sudden late-season frosts and freezes without showing signs of serious damage.
Toad lily plants grow up to 3 ft. in height and colonies can reach 1.5-2 ft. wide. The creeping rhizome of toad lily grows best in medium-to-wet, well-drained soils that do not dry completely. Tricyrtis ‘Tojen’ is an ideal candidate to bring color and texture to partial-to-full shade areas of the garden. This toad lily has been bred to have smooth petals without the characteristic polka dots of the species.
From August to October, the white/white-pink 1-1.5 inch wide flowers of Tricyrtis ‘Tojen’ put on a beautiful floral display. Many people have referred to the flowers of toad lily as “orchid-like” for their coloration and presentation.
Lurie Garden has two toad lily, the other being Tricyrtis formosana which has sweet freckles on its petals. Tricyrtis ‘Tojen’ is a particularly good addition for those wanting to bring new color and texture to shaded areas in the garden.
|Botanical Name||Tricyrtis ‘Tojen’|
|Common Name||toad lily ‘Tojen’|
|USDA Zone||5 thru 9|
|Light Requirement||Part Shade to Full Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||summer, fall|
|Height and Spread||1-2ft x 1-1.5ft (30-60cm x 30-45cm)|
|Flower Color||White to Lavender|
|Additional Information||Not Native to the US Midwest. From parent species native to Japan, China, Phillipines and Taiwan|
|Location in Lurie Garden||North Dark Plate, Southeast Dark Plate|