When fully grown the stems have a hair texture and the leaves are dark to pale green. Toad lily stems will grow to the heights of 18 to 28 inches and the spread is that of the same. T
Toad lily flower buds as a cluster and are funnel shaped and open from the tip of the bud. The flowers come in a variety of colors: White with purple dots, white with red dots, yellow with red dots or white with light purple dots. If you are like me I know you will want to grow all of the color combination's.
Clear the planting area and amend the soil with compost. Dig a hole that is three inches deep and plant the rhizome, pointy side up. Fill the hole with soil and water well. Keep the soil moist during the growing season.
You can also grow these lilies from seed. The toad lily will reseed itself or you can buy seeds to fill your garden with this exotic looking flower.
Caring for Toad Lilies
Care for toad lilies after a hard frost by cutting stems back to soil level. Do a hand pull of any weeds in the garden and then apply two inches of compost topped with 3 inches of organic mulch; pine needles, freshly chipped wood, or grass clippings.
This orchid like perennial will continue to grow in my shade garden for many years to come.
*The toad lily image with multiple cluster buds is an original photograph of the flowers that grow in my garden.