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Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge' (toadlily)

Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge'


Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge' is a lovely compact form with touches of cream and light green edges. The flowers look like a miniature speckled orchid—be sure to plant this beauty somewhere it can be admired! 

Variegated foliage creates long season interest
White with purple speckled flowers have a clean and fresh look
Great for moist to average soil shady locations
Compact form, great for the home garden

‘Gilt Edge’ is a compact form with variegated foliage that typically grows in a clump to 12-24” tall, but will spread over time to 36” wide. Ovate to lanceolate, stem-clasping leaves (4-6” long) have (as suggested by the cultivar name) irregular creamy white to chartreuse margins. Leaves generally remain attractive throughout the growing season. -Missouri Botanical Garden

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12-24 Inches


18-24 Inches


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Tricyrtis grows easily in average to moist, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. For best show, plant prefers moist, organically rich, slightly acidic soil in part shade. Over time, Tricyrtis will colonize by creeping rhizomes in a non-invasive manner. Plant should be divided every 3-4 years in spring. In the garden, Tricyrtis tends to wake from dormancy in late spring. It’s a showstopper and should be planted somewhere it can be observed at close range for the flowers to be appreciated. Plants may benefit from extra watering during the heat of the summer.

A great specimen in a perennial border, shade garden, woodland garden, or naturalized area. 

Good Substitutions

toadlily Tricyrtis 'Sinonome'
toadlily Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Ornamental Foliage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Propagation Type