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Tricyrtis macropoda

Tricyrtis macropoda
Side garden specimen
pagoda toad lily
Shade garden specimen
Tricyrtis macropoda

Common name pagoda toad lily
Family calochortaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-8)
Flowers white/purple
Size 24"
Light part sun-shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (not too dry)
From seed germinates at room temperature (needs light). also responds well to wintersowing.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate October

Smooth, somewhat rounded leaves which narrow to a point. The pale flowers have tiny purple spots and are borne in open cymes from the ends of the stems
Early fall bloom, with flowers that look like two-story pagodas. The plant has much less height and bulk than Tricyrtis hirta, so it needs a position close to the border's edge. We grow two varieties, with very different coloration and flower shape - not sure if they are both the true species, although both types are featured on the web under this name.

pagoda toad lily
Full of developing seed boxes in mid-October
Tricyrtis macropoda

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from HPS/MAG. Baggy. 70F with light (50%G, 7-14d).
    Also pot sown mid Feb, 50%G by mid-April
  2. Seed from '03 garden. Baggy 65F with light (72%G, 12-20d)
  3. Seed from '05 garden. Baggy 70F with light (69%G, 10-20d)
  4. Seed from '05 garden. Baggy 70F with light (15%G, 15-21d) - but no seedlings developed
  5. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 70F with light (30%G, 9-18d) - all developed
  6. Seed from '11 garden. Baggy 70F with light (62%G, 9-18d)
  7. Seed from '13 garden. Baggy 70F with light (no G, 8w)

Best to leave sprouted seeds in baggy until leaves develop. Plants stay small first year, bloom second year.

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