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TRICYRTIS 'Blue Wonder'

Image of Tricyrtis 'Blue Wonder'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

TRICYRTIS 'Blue Wonder'

Plant Common Name

Blue Wonder Toadlily, Toadlily

General Description

The graceful arching stems of this hybrid toadlily are lined with large oval dark green leaves that become a backdrop to lovely orchid-like flowers in late summer. Borne in clusters at the stem tips and from the upper leaf axils, the bluish-white flowers have deep purple-blue blotches and three-rayed, burgundy stigmas. The six-petaled blossoms are long-lasting. A hardy perennial that forms a compact clump, 'Blue Wonder' has erect stems that bow slightly as they lengthen.

Grow 'Blue Wonder' in moist, humus-rich, acidic soil in partial to full shade. Although this plant spreads, it is not invasive. In zones that do not receive snowfall in winter, add a leafy mulch atop the plants to protect them from cold. It is slow to emerge in spring. Use it as a companion plant for ferns and hostas in a mixed border or woodland groundcover display. Divide and transplant clumps in early spring before growth begins.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Light Blue, Indigo, Dark Blue, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No