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Tricyrtis 'Dark Beauty'
Tricyrtis 'Dark Beauty'
Tricyrtis 'Dark Beauty'

Tricyrtis 'Dark Beauty'

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Tricytris, or Toad-lilies, are unique and easy perennials for growing in shady areas. Leafy, arching stems produce a fall display of bizarre star-shaped flowers, almost orchid-like, excellent for cutting. They deserve a special place where they can be appreciated up close, like beside a patio or at the edge of a bed. This late-flowering selection features deep lavender-mauve flowers, heavily spotted in purple. It performs excellently in cool, moist, shady garden conditions. Bloom VERY LATE in the season.
Botanical name: Tricyrtis formosana x hirta hybrid  'Dark Beauty' 
Form: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Flower Color: White, purple spots
Foliage Type: Shiny, oval to oblong with parallel veins and clasping leaf bases, ladder-like arrangement 
Bloom time: September-October
Height: 30 inches 
Spread: 23 inches
Light requirements: Partial shade
Plant depth: 3 inches of soil over the root crown 

See "Growing Tips" for more detailed instructions
Tips and Growing Instructions

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Toad lilies need soil that is rich in organic matter, part- to full shade and consistent moisture. The plants need no staking or deadheading. In good light, organically rich soil, they need no fertilizing. A layer of mulch will help keep the soil steadily moist, although it should not be piled against the stems. Toad lilies are easy to multiply by division: A clump can be split in spring and be ready to bloom by late summer.

All the shade standards are good companions for toad lilies: hostas, ferns, Solomon's seal, sedges, brunnera, and lungwort. Or plant them among spring bulbs and ephemeral wildflowers such as Virginia bluebells. As the spring bloomers' foliage goes dormant, the toad lilies' stately stems will take over. They are particularly engaging by a path or sidewalk where you pass them every day. As the days grow short and the shade deepens, their undaunted bloom keeps spirits bright.

Sorry, we do not ship outside the U.S. or to Hawaii due to agricultural restrictions.

We guarantee safe arrival of healthy bulbs, that varieties will be true-to-name, and will grow if planted as instructed, subject to the limitations described in our Shipping and Returns Policy.

We begin shipping our bulbs in mid-February through Spring. Despite what you may have heard, Spring planting of bulbs is not a bad thing, and in fact, there are many advantages to planting in Spring. Visit our Spring Planting page to learn more. Upon arriving, your bulbs and most of your perennials may show signs of growth such as green leaves and sprouts - this is okay and transportation during this time should not harm the plants.

All bulbs and perennials should be planted in your garden as soon as possible to ensure the best success. If you must delay planting, open the bags to permit air circulation and place them out of direct sunlight in a cool, well-ventilated room. Do not place the bulbs where they can freeze. If you have the space, storing the bulbs in the refrigerator is another excellent way to “hold them” prior to planting. If you choose this method of storing your bulbs, be sure not to store fruit with them, as this is detrimental to bulbs.

Plant outdoors when the ground is no longer frozen and the conditions have improved for your zone.

If you have any questions or concerns our customer service team would be glad to help you at any time. Please use our contact form, email us at, or call us at 541-671-3196.

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Krzysztof H.
United States United States

Nothing grew :-(

These guys never came up


Healthy and vigorous

Recieved the root specimen last week, it already has erupted from the soil! Vigorous!