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Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’
Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’
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Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’


USDA Zone: 5-9

Plant number: 1.522.040

Toad-lilies are exotic-looking but easy perennials for growing in shady areas. Leafy, arching stems produce a fall display of starfish-like flowers that are excellent for cutting. The species is native to Taiwan and prefers medium to wet, well-drained soil in part to full shade. This selection features purple flowers with darker purple spotting and a yellow throat, held above green leaves edged in golden yellow. Beautiful in the garden, but also useful for cutting. Deserves a special place where they can be admired up close, either beside a patio or at the edge of a bed. In colder zones this may need protection from early frosts to bloom reliably. Clumps spread slowly to form a small patch. Easily divided in early spring.

Further details for
Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade
Soil Type
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
  Mid Fall
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Rabbit Resistant
   30-45 cm
   12-18 inches
   30-45 cm
   12-18 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate