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.

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
Family Liliaceae
USDA Zone 5 to 9
Light Requirement Part Shade to Full Shade
Season(s) of interest Summer, Fall
Height and Spread 90cm x 45cm
Flower Color White/Lilac
Attracts Wildlife
Additional Information Horticultural Origin from Species Native to Japan, China, Philippines, and Taiwan
Location in Lurie Garden
North Dark Plate, Southeast Dark Plate