Tricyrtis 'Shirohototogisu'
Common Name: toad lily
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Liliaceae
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: August to September
Bloom Description: White with lavender markings
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy


Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in part to full shade. Prefers moist, organically rich, humusy, slightly acidic soils in part shade. Soil must not be allowed to dry out.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Toad lilies are valued garden plants because of their unique flowers, their ability to flower in shade and their late summer to fall bloom time. 'Shirohotogisu' is a compact, clump-forming cultivar that typically grows 16-24" tall on upright-arching stems and features small, white, lily-like flowers (1 inch long) with lavender markings in the throat and broadly ovate, stem-clasping, green leaves (to 4-6" long). Flowers bloom in late summer. Each flower has six showy tepals (similar appearing sepals and petals).


No serious insect or disease problems. Slugs and snails are occasional visitors.

Garden Uses

Borders, woodland gardens, shade gardens or naturalized areas. Best sited in areas where they can be observed at close range because the beauty and detail of the small flowers tends to get lost if plants can not be examined and appreciated close up.