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Tricyrtis 'Sinonome' (toadlily)

Tricyrtis 'Sinonome'


Noted as one of the very best of the group for its drought tolerance and deep green shiny foliage that stays clean through fall. Upright facing white flowers with ruby speckling appear in quantity held above the foliage on tall racemes. A very old cultivar of unknown parentage, grown as a cut flower in Japan since early in this century. Upright vase shape clump, non spreading. Still our favorite!

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2-3 Feet


12-18 Inches


12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

toadlily Interesting Notes

Its style (as in a plant's sexual parts) looks like a giraffe's neck, its anthers look like the eyes on a slug, its stamens arch like showerheads, and its six differently shaded petals (actually tepals) alternate like men and women at a dinner table. This whole surrealistic fantasy stands on three pairs of green rubber boots (swollen spurs that are part of the petals), which, kicked three times, reveal the source of the plant's Latin name: tri, meaning three, and kyrtos, meaning humped. Ketzel Levine

Common name either from spotted flowers resembling toads, or to use in Phillipines by native tribes to run on hands as a frog attractant before collecting frogs; genus name from Greek words for three and convex, referring to shape of 3 outer tepals. Perry's Perennial Pages

Tricyrtis 'Sinonome' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Tricyrtis can be found as far south as Texas. This exotic perennial prefers moist to wet, well-drained, slightly acidic soils in partial shade. Do not let soil dry out. Propagate by seed or division. Best used as a border perennial, in shade or naturalized gardens.

Good Substitutions

toadlily Tricyrtis formosana 'Samurai'
toadlily Tricyrtis hirta Miyazaki Hybrids
toadlily Tricyrtis formosana 'Gilt Edge'

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
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Propagation Type