Plant of the Day – Tricyrtis lasiocarpa

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Toadlilies are easy to grow but exotic looking garden plants. I collected this Tricyrtis lasiocarpa in Taiwan in 2008 on a sunny rocky slope. We originally planted it in a shady garden where it languished until it was moved to more sun. T. lasiocarpa makes a bold clump of upright, arching black stems. Its leaves are perhaps the largest of any species in the genus with some growing to about 12″ long and 4″ wide. It is topped in mid-summer with bluish-lavender three-petaled flowers highlighted with orange spotting. Plants will continue to flower over an extended period. Best grown in a moist, sunny spot or very light shade.

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