Tradescantia
Tradescantia 'Maiden's Blush' (Maiden's Blush Spiderwort)

Tradescantia 'Maiden's Blush' (Maiden's Blush Spiderwort)

Sun to Light ShadeZone: 8-10 8" tall Origin: unknown
Open House/Web-Only! (aka: Tradescantia 'Blushing Bride', 'First Blush') Thanks to Larry Hatch of the New Ornamentals Society, we now have the correct name of Tradescantia 'Maiden's Blush'. A case of identity theft made it difficult to track down the correct name. It is not reliably hardy north of Zone 8, unless you live in Al Gore's world, despite being listed as Zone 4 in most catalogs. Of course, from Al's point of view, Zone 4 ain't what it used to be, so give it a try. This very cool tradescantia (a still-unidentified species) makes a stunning groundcover or hanging basket of 1" wide, green foliage. In early spring, the new growth emerges with a stunning white-and-pink blush that holds most of the summer...showstopping! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02414
$11.00  


Tradescantia sillamontana 'Hogan's Hero' (Cobweb Spiderwort)

Tradescantia sillamontana 'Hogan's Hero' (Cobweb Spiderwort)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 8-10, at least 10" tall Origin: Mexico
Open House/Web-Only! This native spiderwort comes from a Sean Hogan collection about 80 miles northwest of Sierra La Pena in Coahuila, Mexico at 6,500' elevation. Tradescantia sillamontana 'Hogan's Hero' makes a delightful garden plant in addition to a great hanging basket specimen. The tight greenish foliage which is covered in thick white hairs, clasps the fleshy stems to form a 10" tall x 18" wide clump. In late summer, the stalks are adorned with small lavender flowers, but you're growing this gem for the foliage. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05631
$12.00  


Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' (Golden Spiderwort)

Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' (Golden Spiderwort)

Sun to Part SunZone: 5-8 12" tall Origin: USA Hybrid    alternate image
(syn: T. 'Blue and Gold') This import from the UK is taking the gardening world by storm! Discovered in the garden of Mrs. Stevens of Rusthall, Kent, it was named after her blond-haired daughter Kate Stevens. The brilliant golden foliage (brightest in full sun) is highlighted with a procession of deep blue flowers from late spring until fall. If flowering slows, behead the plant...and it, just like an alien, will start to regrow and flower all over again. Each plant is a true masterpiece! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04209
$12.00  


Tricyrtis
Tricyrtis 'Amanogawa' (Milky Way Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis 'Amanogawa' (Milky Way Toad Lily)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 4-8 24" tall Origin: Hybrid    alternate image
From Japan comes this splendid, but difficult to find, hybrid toad lily (T. perfoliata x T. hirta). The rigid arching habit of the stem makes this toad lily perfect to arch over a rock, or through ferns. The stems are clothed, from very late summer through early fall with brown speckled leaves, leading to the creamy yellow, lightly speckled, orchid-like flowers at the end of each stem. "Amanogawa" is Japanese for "Milky Way Galaxy". Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #02683
$22.00  


Tricyrtis formosana 'Autumn Glow' (Autumn Glow Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis formosana 'Autumn Glow' (Autumn Glow Toad Lily)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 6-9, possibly colder 24" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! This stunning new Japanese selection of Taiwanese Tricyrtis formosana boasts a wide yellow border around the dark green leaves...the widest and most dramatic edge on any of the other variegated Tricyrtis formosana selections we have grown. The 2' tall stalks make a large patch, 3' wide in 3 years, topped, starting in early July (NC), with clusters of orchid-like amethyst-purple flowers with dark spots. Tricyrtis formosana will not perform well in deep shade and really prefers a couple of hours of sun for best growth. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06928
$14.00  


Tricyrtis formosana 'Emperor' (Emperor Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis formosana 'Emperor' (Emperor Toad Lily)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 6-9 12" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! Variegated plant nuts read on...this new PDN introduction boasts bright golden foliage, with each leaf surrounded by a nice creamy-white edge. Tricyrtis 'Emperor' is a slightly stoloniferous species that will make a nice patch, especially when grown in a slightly moist woodland location. In midsummer, the clumps are topped with 1" wide, dark purple speckled, orchid-like flowers. Tricyrtis 'Emperor' makes a bright beacon in an otherwise dark woodland! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03864
$14.00  


Tricyrtis hirta 'Golden Gleam' (Golden Gleam Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis hirta 'Golden Gleam' (Golden Gleam Toad Lily)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5-9 18" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! Years after its 1996 introduction from Terra Nova, Tricyrtis 'Golden Gleam' is still one of our favorite toad lilies...even if it never flowered. This dwarf only reaches 18", boasting chartreuse golden foliage spotted with large grey dots, that looks great all summer in the woodland garden when used among textural contrasts like ferns and carex. In fall, each leaf axil is tightly packed with 1" wide dark purple and white-speckled flowers...a great collectors' plant for the woodland rock garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01758
$14.00  


Tricyrtis hirta 'Lightning Strike' (Lightning Strike Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis hirta 'Lightning Strike' (Lightning Strike Toad Lily)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 4-8 20" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! New crop available 9-9-2010 This unusual attention-getting selection of the commonly grown Tricyrtis hirta makes an outstanding feature in the woodland garden. The bright golden foliage is streaked with green on 2' tall arching stems. Even though the pattern of streaking is variable, we have had no green reversions in several years of trials. In early fall, the stems are highlighted with 1" light lavender, orchid-like flowers in the leaf axils. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #03963
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Tricyrtis hirta 'Miyazaki' (Miyazaki Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis hirta 'Miyazaki' (Miyazaki Toad Lily)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 4-8 24" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! Tricyrtis hirta 'Miyazaki' is a strain of the Japanese native Tricyrtis hirta that was selected for its shorter, more arching habit than the typical species. In late summer and early fall, the 1" purple and white spotted, orchid-like flowers burst forth in the leaf axils. Slightly moist soils are best, although Tricyrtis hirta can endure extended droughts by diminishing its flower production. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01510
$12.00  


Tricyrtis hirta var. masamunei  'Precious Medal' (Precious Medal Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis hirta var. masamunei 'Precious Medal' (Precious Medal Toad Lily)

Light ShadeZone: 4-8, at least 8" tall Origin: Japan
NEW! Most times when you grow plants from seed, you know what to expect, but every now and then a surprise comes along, as was the case when we sowed seed of Tricyrtis 'Minazuki'. We wound up with hundreds of seemingly identical bright gold dwarf toad lilies. Tricyrtis 'Precious Medal' is quite different from the other gold forms we have grown, since it reaches only 8", has much brighter golden foliage, and is quite vigorous. The clumps are topped with light lavender, orchid-like flowers in late summer. We are introducing this as a seed strain since we still cannot see an iota of difference in the batch. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08851
$12.00  


Tricyrtis 'Imperial Banner' PP 18,956 (Imperial Banner Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis 'Imperial Banner' PP 18,956 (Imperial Banner Toad Lily)

Part Sun to ShadeZone: 6-8, at least 24" tall Origin: Hybrid
New crop available 9-9-2010 This stunning new toad lily occurred as a mutation on the wonderful T. 'Empress', which we believe to be a T. hirta x formosana hybrid. The amazing leaves on T. 'Imperial Banner' are glossy green with a unique white central variegation pattern. T. 'Imperial Banner' forms an absolutely amazing and unique 2' tall x 2' wide clump, even before it is topped in midsummer with short terminal spikes of light lavender flowers with dark purple spots. Most of the plants in the trade sold as this are actually T. 'White Waves' which is easier to maintain in tissue culture. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07024
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Tricyrtis lasiocarpa (Amethyst Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis lasiocarpa (Amethyst Toad Lily)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 7-9 36" tall Origin: Taiwan
Open House/Web-Only! (aka: Tricyrtis formosana 'Amethystina') This is one of the most spectacular toad lilies for warmer climates. In the wilds of Taiwan, we saw this growing atop rock cliffs in nearly full sun, reinforcing our experience that this is not a deep shade lover. Tricyrtis lasiocarpa makes a tight clump of 3' tall, upright, ladder-like stems clothed with glossy, green and purple speckled foliage. From midsummer until early fall, the clump is topped with multiple-branched, large, terminal sprays of 1" white, orchid-like flowers with tips of amethyst and blue. This toad lily was originally introduced by John Elsley of Wayside Gardens under the incorrect name, Tricyrtis formosana 'Amethystina' (an extinct clone of the running species). Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01050
$14.00  


Tricyrtis latifolia 'Golden Leopard' (Golden Leopard Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis latifolia 'Golden Leopard' (Golden Leopard Toad Lily)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 4-7 24" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! I first saw the superb Tricyrtis latifolia extensively used in the early 1990s at a Minnesota hosta convention and was amazed how unavailable it was in the commercial trade. Tricyrtis latifolia is one of only two non-dwarf, upright growing, yellow-flowering species of toad lily...the other being the Chinese Tricyrtis puberula. Tricyrtis latifolia 'Golden Leopard' makes a sturdy upright stalk to 2' tall, adorned with glossy green leaves that don't overlap the stem as they do in Tricyrtis puberula. Starting in early June, Tricyrtis latifolia is topped with open panicles of upward-facing, butter-yellow flowers, each highlighted with small brown spots. Hailing from Northern Honshu, Tricyrtis latifolia does not appreciate long periods of excessive heat and performs much better in northern climates. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07498
$15.00  


Tricyrtis 'Moonlight Treasure' PP 16,037, PVR (Moonlight Treasure Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis 'Moonlight Treasure' PP 16,037, PVR (Moonlight Treasure Toad Lily)

Light ShadeZone: 5-7, at least 10" tall Origin: Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! Tricyrtis 'Moonlight Treasure' is a new hybrid, created using the beautiful dwarf species Tricyrtis ohsumiensis and Tricyrtis nana. The result is a stunning new compact hybrid comprised of thick, beautifully blotched leaves forming a compact 10" tall x 10" wide clump. Starting in late summer, the clumps are topped with large, buttery-yellow flowers held just above the foliage. This is a breeding breakthrough that you are sure to love! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #05644
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Tricyrtis ohsumiensis 'Lunar Eclipse' (Lunar Eclipse Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis ohsumiensis 'Lunar Eclipse' (Lunar Eclipse Toad Lily)

Light Shade to ShadeZone: 4-7, at least 8" tall Origin: Japan
NEW! Tricyrtis 'Lunar Eclipse' is a selection of the dwarf Japanese Tricyrtis ohsumiensis, which forms a small tight rosette of basal green leaves that extend upward on a short 8" stalk. Each glaucous green leaf is edged in a narrow band of creamy white, and the clump is topped in September with large, up-facing, bright yellow flowers. Tricyrtis 'Lunar Eclipse' is a small grower that can easily get lost in a large overflowing garden, so site it carefully. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #08314
$24.00  


Tricyrtis perfoliata (Perfoliate Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis perfoliata (Perfoliate Toad Lily)

Light ShadeZone: 5-7a 6" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! This rare Japanese endemic hails from the moist cliffs of the Nanuki River on Japan's Kyushu Island. Tricyrtis perfoliata is one of several weeping toad lily species, but is the only one that has upfacing open flowers (like Tricyrtis flava) instead of the bell-like flowers of Tricyrtis ishiana and Tricyrtis macrantha. The 2-3' long arching stem passes through the ends (perfoliate) of the glossy green leaves. The stems are then laden with a stunning show of 1.5" wide axillary yellow flowers in late summer/early fall...truly stunning. This is not a great specimen for regions with hot, dry summers. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #06929
$22.00  


Tricyrtis 'Sinonome' (Sinonome Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis 'Sinonome' (Sinonome Toad Lily)

Light ShadeZone: 5-9 36" tall Origin: Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! Tricyrtis 'Sinonome' was rated one of the top toad lilies in the extensive perennial trials at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. It performs equally as well for us in the land of heat and humidity as it does in the cold windy city. The 3' tall upright stems of this Tricyrtis hirta x Tricyrtis formosana hybrid are clothed with leaves from bottom to top. In late summer, the top of the stems are home to nice clusters of 1" purple and white speckled flowers. Slightly moist soils are preferred, but Tricyrtis 'Sinonome' is quite drought-tolerant once established...a great addition to the woodland garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #04411
$14.00  


Tricyrtis 'Taipei Silk' PP 18,727 (Taipei Silk Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis 'Taipei Silk' PP 18,727 (Taipei Silk Toad Lily)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 6-8, at least 30" tall Origin: Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! This delightful new tricyrtis hybrid comes from the breeding program of Darrell Probst. The 30" tall stalks of this Tricyrtis lasiocarpa hybrid are clothed with glossy green leaves, then topped, starting in September, with five-way branched terminal sprays of 1.5" wide flowers. Each flower is composed of three rich lavender petals contrasted with three smaller white petals with lavender specks. Tricyrtis 'Taipei Silk' is a great addition to the fall garden. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07426
$14.00  


Tricyrtis 'Tojen' (Tojen Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis 'Tojen' (Tojen Toad Lily)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 5-8 24" tall Origin: Japan
Open House/Web-Only! (aka: Tricyrtis 'Togen') If you like toad lilies, you are going to love this robust and easy-to-grow Japanese hybrid...perfect for moist or slightly dry shade. The gigantic foliage is nearly three times as large as most of the other tricyrtis species and remains looking good all summer. Tricyrtis 'Tojen' forms a massive 2' tall x 3' wide clump, topped, starting in midsummer, with terminal clusters of unspotted orchid lavender and white flowers with yellow throats...a BIG WOW! Unlike other toad lilies that seed a bit, this one takes after its condom namesake and will leave you with no unwanted offspring. Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #01462
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Tricyrtis 'White Waves' PP 20,007 (White Waves Toad Lily)

Tricyrtis 'White Waves' PP 20,007 (White Waves Toad Lily)

Part Sun to Light ShadeZone: 6-8, at least 15" tall Origin: Hybrid
Open House/Web-Only! This new toad lily is one that we found hiding amongst our stock of Tricyrtis 'Imperial Banner'. While similar to its parent, Tricyrtis 'White Waves' has none of the green streaking in the middle of the creamy central part of the leaf. This results in a more dramatic leaf variegation but slightly less vigor. For us, the 15" tall clumps are topped in early October with attractive purple-spotted flowers...very stunning! Pot size: 24 fl. oz (709.77 ml) #07228
$16.00  


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