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Tricyrtis affinis 'Key Lime Pie'

Toad Lily

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Item #: 2700

Zones: 5a to 7b

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Light Shade

Origin: Japan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

I can't forget Brian Mathew's comments in his review of the genus Tricyrtis where he described T. affinis as "not of great horticultural merit since the flowers are rather small..." Perhaps when looking at dead herbarium specimens, the foliage didn't impress him, but with live plants, the foliage alone is enough reason to grow Tricyrtis affinis. This outstanding Darrell Probst selection makes 3' tall stalks, clothed in marvelous silvery-green leaves, each highlighted by a wide medium-green streak down the middle and surrounded by green rounded blotches. In late summer, the stalks are topped with small flower heads of 1" purple speckled flowers. If you like the dessert, you'll love the toad lily!