Japanese toad lily
- Scientific name: Tricyrtis 'Empress'
- Family: Asparagaceae (asparagus)
Hardy perennial herb with ovate leaves. Flowers borne on reddish wiry stems, showy and orchid-like, petals waxy and speckled with purple-maroon blotches.
- The delicate flowers of the Japanese toad lily mean it is widely cultivated for ornamental reasons.
- The common name comes from the flowers, which are blotched like a toad.
Where it grows
This plant is cultivated in Taiwan. Most species of Tricyrtis are found in the shady areas in woodland and forest edges. This cultivated variety is no different, preferring the same dark, damp conditions, in soil consisting of a layer of very rich humus (organic matter made up of decomposing plants, animals and/or animal products).
- Ovate: two-dimensionally egg-shaped with widest part at base.
- Perennial: lives for at least two years. Herb: plant with fleshy parts rather than a persistent woody stem above ground.